What Are The MOST ELITE Special Forces in the World?

What Are The MOST ELITE Special Forces in the World?

Almost all countries have a special elite
unit of soldiers that have been trained both physically and mentally to fight enemies when
the job is a bridge too far for regular soldiers. Months of grueling training, which is too
much for most aspiring elite soldiers, also teaches them to endure and withstand punishment
and torture. We don’t know many of these elite soldiers
because for the most part what they do remains a secret and with it their identity. They work in the background for much of the
time, and only occasionally do the public hear of their missions. They provide their own citizens with security,
but for their enemies they are ghosts to be feared. Today we’ll look at the best of them, in
this episode of the Infographics Show, Most Elite Special Forces in the World. Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
bell button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. Number 9. SSG – Pakistan
Also known as the Black Storks, the Special Services Group was formed in 1956. They assist the army in numerous conflicts
and military operations, as well as serve the country in countering terrorism. The training is grueling, but that’s a given
for this list. You can join this band of soldiers only if
you have at least two years’ experience in the Pakistani armed forces. Training takes 9 months and includes such
things as a 36 mile (57.9 km) march in just 24 hours. With Pakistan’s borders always on high alert,
these are some very courageous soldiers that, unlike some units on this list, are in danger
throughout much of their careers. Number 8. GSG 9 – Germany
One might think that compared to SSG, Germany’s Gren-zschutz-gruppe 9 is not very busy. But as a police tactical unit, they are involved
with matters not so much concerning protecting borders, but stepping in when the job is too
big for the police. This might include terrorism, but also kidnapping
and extortion. Their last known mission, for instance, was
the 2016 mass shooting in Munich. They’ve even been involved in taking down
Hell’s Angels. They may not have the most rigorous training
on this list, but as a special police unit, they are hard to beat. Number 7. MARCOS – India
The Marine Commando Force is India’s version of the U.S.’s Navy Seals or the UK’s SBS. Their motto is “The Few, the Fearless.” They deal with anything from counter-terrorism
to fighting pirates and operations underwater. In 2015, the India Times gave 15 reasons why
this Special Forces outfit was the best in the world, although the evidence was no more
compelling than a few other units on this list could provide. They do have a very difficult 2-3 year training
period, as it’s a continuous process, and apparently 80 percent of trainees drop out
early. It includes “5 weeks of Hell”, according
to the Times, consisting of long marches, sleep deprivation, and arms training. If they pass that, they then do their parachute
and diving training. As India has all the perfect spots for intense
training, MARCOS spend a lot of time being thrown into the jungle and left on mountains. One MARCOS said he did the NAVY SEALS course
with ease during an exchange program. Number 6. Delta Force
The USA’s Delta Force is a special unit of the army that deals mostly with hostage
rescue and counterterrorism. It was actually formed for that in the 1970s
following a slew of terrorist attacks. The unit is relatively small, with just 1,000
soldiers – around 300 of whom are trained for direct action. Recruits are taken from the military when
they have enough experience, and as it’s a very secretive unit, recruits have to get
past many security checks and must also have never incurred a court martial. You’ll also have to pass a series of physical
tests, such as hikes with a 40 pound (18kg) backpack, and also be able to run 2 miles
(3.2km) and swim 100 meters fully clothed. It doesn’t sound as grueling at the SEALS,
but trainees will also be pushed to their psychological limits under interrogations. Number 5. Alpha Group – Russia
Of course Russia has an excellent Special Forces unit, with such a powerful military. The Alpha Group is what the name says, the
best soldiers in all of Russia. Created by the KGB in 1974, the unit helps
with police matters but also with military matters. This might relate to terrorism, hostage taking,
and covert operations in and outside the country. One such internal operation included the 1983
hijacking of Aeroflot Flight 6833, which unfortunately resulted in the loss of life of five hostages,
but also the capture and killing of the hijackers. They were also heavily involved with the Soviet
war in Afghanistan. Training lasts three years, and you must be
between 22 and 27 years old to start. They only want the smartest soldiers, so you
must have a university education to join. You’ll then have to pass a series of physical
tests, and also diving, sniper operations, parachuting, and martial arts. Number 4. SBS
The Special Boat Service is the UK’s wet version of the SAS, and has similarities to
the Navy SEALS. Like the SAS, it was formed during World War
II as a special covert unit often working behind enemy lines. The training is quite similar to that of the
SAS, although obviously recruits have much more challenging training in the water. In fact, according to an elite forces website
in the UK, SBS soldiers believe they are better trained because the ocean is a much more challenging
environment than land. The counter-argument is that the SAS are more
involved in conflicts and are better funded, so they are put to much more use. Number 3. Sayeret Matkal – Israel
Otherwise known as the General Staff Reconnaissance Unit 269, this Special Forces unit like the
SAS spends much of its time behind enemy lines. In fact, it shares the same motto of “Who
Dares, Wins”. It was formed in the 1950s and the small unit
consisted of hand picked men who were not just physically strong, but showed superior
intelligence to other soldiers. Recruitment camp itself is reported as hell,
with the young men going through intense physical training without much sleep. If they get through that, secondary training
lasts for almost two years. This will consist of large and small arms
training, navigation and reconnaissance, martial arts, and an insanely long 75 mile march (120-kilometers). After that, they will specialize in one or
more skills. Number 2. US Navy SEALS
The SEALS is renowned for breaking people, and as you will know from our show on this
unit, very few people actually make it through the training. Not only that, just in the last few years
there have been instances of deaths occurring during recruitment, which have occurred in
the training pool and elsewhere. In fact, in 2016 it was reported that the
9 deaths during training from 2013 to 2016 was more than happened in actual combat. Although we should say that these were not
only due to training, but the consequences of the stresses of going through it. Recruits experience a personal hell, literally
as the worst of the training is called Hell Week. This is when most people drop out. If you do manage to get through it all, there
is no doubt you are one tough cookie. You’ll also have some of the best military
acumen in the world. Number 1. British SAS
You may be wondering why we are putting the SAS above the SEALS, a unit that has seen
its fair share of deaths during training. The difference is, the SAS has a more vigorous
– some might say torturous – mental training. The physical training seems as difficult as
the SEALS’ training, and you are expected to navigate through jungles in Belize and
Borneo as well as make your way out of mountain ranges carrying a heavy backpack and weapons. This is where the deaths occurred recently. But there is something even more brutal, and
that is the psychological training of the SAS. Veterans have said you might get injured doing
the physical stuff, but when the trainers get into your head, many people cannot stand
this. It will include humiliation techniques, being
held in stress positions, getting no sleep, or food, or water, having music blasted at
you, and even being locked in small cages. The sadistic Brits, eh? Another thing about the SAS is that you work
closely with Mi5 and Mi6, which basically makes you both a soldier and a spy. So, based on everything you heard about these
Elite Special Forces Units, which do you think is the best? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called American Soldier vs British Soldier! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!


  1. This list is a mess, how can one place Tier 1 units with Tier 2 …really? Delta and Alpha in the same list as normal Navy Seals and some Police force unit? what?

  2. For the most difficult and dangerous missions the US doesn’t turn to delta or seals, they turn to Australian SAS and commandos. In north Vietnam all delta missions were lead by and trained by Australian SAS, Australian SAS were in Iraq a month before anyone else (picking targets for the US)

  3. Sri Lankan Special forces man…. haven’t you heard of them???…. they have conducted more than 5000 mission within a span of 30 years… they belong to the country who has defeated a terrorist organization in a war in modern warfare.

  4. Come on you are favoring the Marco's too much, the ssg has harder training and if you fail the 9 month training they make you do it again you should seriously look it up

  5. You should include Indonesia's most elite unit. They consist of soldiers who are more soldiers than soldiers. The most secret beyond secret. It's called the 212.

  6. Delta Force/CAG selection and the follow-on training is immensely more grueling than SEAL BUD/s. Delta is literally the best of the best. They select mostly from other special operations units (such as the SEALs, Special Forces/the Green Berets, and Ranger Regiment), and out of a hundred person selection class, only 10-12 will make it to the end. Out of those, only about three to four will be selected to start the six-month Operator Training Course, and then half of those men will wash out of the training. I was blessed with the opportunity to work with CAG while in 2/75 and then again while in 7th Special Forces Group. Those guys are literally combat gods. It's the only unit where combat is guaranteed. No one in the military even compares, save for the CIA's SAD-SOG, and they're technically not military.

  7. The most elite special forces are people who played Halo 2 on legendary with Scarab Gun and Iron on. ( A LOT harder than it sounds. )

  8. Fun fact all these groups listed are a special operations and not special forces. Special forces is its own special operation.

  9. This video is wrong in so many ways

    You didn’t even include gign,spetsnaz or South Korea’s elite force

  10. The British have the best training it’s fact and will all ways be that way in top three it would be SAS/SBS,Seals, Israel special forces

  11. What about Australia's 2nd Commando Regiment. These guys do not play around at all and must keep their identities secret, that's how serious they are.

  12. Where is gign most bigger ratio of saving hostages and succes missions in the world .Really biaised video and others forgotten too

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