Top 10 Badasses of the World¶s Special Forces


Whereas most of the training regimens of militaries around the world are designed to teach, Russia¶s Special Purpose Regiments, equivalent to the U. S. Green Berets, endure punishment daily throughout their training. They may quit anytime they want. The Spetsnaz want only the best, pain-hardened, battle-loving killers. They spar with the express goal of injuring each other, breaking ribs, fingers, vertebrae, healing only long enough to get back on their feet and complete the training. They are typically deployed for reconnaissance or house-to-house close quarters combat, but are also employed as extremely formidable bodyguards for high-ranking politicians. They claim that they are not taught to ignore pain, since that is impossible. They are instead taught to enjoy it.

including snipers and missile launchers. close quarters sea combat. They were established much at the behest of Jacques-Yves Cousteau. de Penfentenyo. de Montfort. Trepel. whether combat diving.´ or ³green berets.´ and consist of 6 units: Hubert.9 French Naval Commandos They call themselves ³berets verts. exfiltration. and Kieffer. or long range fire support. Jaubert. canine units. who was a naval officer in WWII. Each unit is trained for special tasks. 8 MARSOC .

Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command. which works just like a magnifying glass. reconnaissance. which is a euphemism for ³anything goes. amphibious demolitions.´ This phase consists primarily of the Derna Bridge operation. S. 7 . resistance. depending on the location to which they are deployed. fire by mirrors. Sayoc Kali. increasing in strenuousness. Jiu-Jitsu. You mold the ice with the heat of your hands into the shape of a lens. evasion. Phase 2 is marksmanship. direct action. Of course.Currently. practicing a hybrid of the most functional martial arts: Jeet Kune Do. Their training regimen is comprised of 4 phases. Then. which forces the recruits to use all skills acquired during the course. Wing Chun. even fire by ice. Phase 3 is a contrinuation of 2. which is Filipino knife fighting. they take matches and Zippos with them. escape. they begin physical fitness training. Phase 4 is ³irregular warfare´ instruction. but with the addition of field radioes and satellite data-uplink systems. Phase 1 is SERE training. and internal defense within foreign nations. and hand-to-hand combat. They are trained to make fire by friction. This is just phase 1. It¶s primary missions are typically special reconnaissance. Karate. even Pankration. only men are allowed to try out for the U. After this. survival.

S.´ who is in charge of all equipment and weaponry deployed for each operation. They do. is the unit which deploys its agents all over the world to detect international intelligence threats and ³neutralize´ them before they become truly dangerous. and that their assignments and missions are quite boring. and a gym. section 6. 6 U. London.MI-6 The closest thing to James Bond can be found in the personnel of the UK¶s Secret Intelligence Service. the latter which is more of a pure spy agency. have an agent very similar to ³Q. however. They also have indoor firing ranges. Their headquarters is at Vauxhall Cross. MI-6. however. or Security Service. dedicated to counterintelligence and counter-espionage. dojos. and they will be quick to tell you there that there is no James Bond among them. Army Rangers . It works in close partnership with section 5 (MI-5).

knifing the tarantula. and turned to see a Goliath Bird-eating Spider crawling toward him. SERE. but because of the sweltering heat.After basic Army training. then in Ranger Indoctrination or Orientation Programs. who shall remain nameless. raising its front legs and hissing. they lose a few points for an incident a Ranger told me about: he was the captain of a tank regiment on maneuvers in the Amazon jungle. combat diving. mountain warfare. they enroll in Advanced Individual Training. elite combatives expert. in addition to all the weapons qualification training. He admits to screaming like a girl. they had to open their tank hatches. jumping out of the tank and running off into the jungle for a mile and a half. Just an exercise. to become masters of their chosen fields. His buddies still rib him about it. heard a thump behind him. But then. they¶re so well trained that members have reported waking up screaming from nightmares about Ranger school to be relieved that they are only in Vietnam. After nine weeks of this. voluntary enlistment into the 75th Ranger Regiment will train the recruit for the HALO parachute jump. languages. By the time they¶ve graduated. This captain. then immediately enroll in the Army Airborne School. .

accountability. Training is very extensive and begins with the Army¶s assessment of the recruit¶s possession of 12 attributes: intelligence. decisiveness. stability. many of which also wear green berets. the Green Berets are trained to administer ³unconventional warfare. S. maturity. as opposed to the special forces of other countries.´ which entails infiltrating a hostile area in anticipation of a large-scale military engagement. physical fitness.5 U. Army Special Forces. trustworthiness. motivation. the Green Berets infiltrate and soften up the enemy by ³neutralizing´ as many of its officers as possible. and training the local resistance populations to fight back against the enemy. Typically. judgment. Iraq and Afghanistan. . among others. Army Green Berets That¶s their nickname. In the event that there is no local resistance to the enemy. S. This usually involved sniping and throat cutting. This was done in South Vietnam. Technically they are the U.

and communications. He is allowed only a compass and his own hand-drawn map. he can eat the chicken cooked. managed by the Army. carrying heavy backpacks over 40 miles of rugged terrain. influence. 4 The Delta Force The only official United States counter-terrorism unit. day and night. in an undisclosed time limit. counter-insurgency. with nothing but a live chicken and a knife. . dedicated to hostage rescues. 40% of applicants satisfy the Army that they have these attributes. completed from earlier reconnaissance courses. Final training consists of various endurance courses. They¶re full name is 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta.teamwork. Selection is done according to a physical fitness test: situps. followed by a 3-mile run. pushups. If the recruit can make a fire. and general counter-terrorism. He is not given matches or a lighter.

´ in reference to the Holocaust. Then psychologists conduct a grueling battery of mental exams on the recruit to try to break him into confusion. is ³When the going gets tough. 3 Shayetet 13 The name means ³Flotilla 13.´ They are 1 of the 3 most elite Israeli special forces units. in a shorter time limit. but of their missions publicized. he actually gets to begin Delta Force training. the most notable include . If he passes this. Their unofficial motto. but Shayetet 13 is the unit most similar to the Delta Force.Then an all-night. no map. They are very secretive. as they like to joke. for 6 months. they are at all times ready in an instant to travel abroad and kill. Firearms.´ and their official motto is the same as the Israeli military: ³Never Again. and because they live so close to a host of nations that seem bent on eradicating them. heavy weaponry. the Jews get pissed. 18-mile hike over mountainous terrain with a 35 lb backpack and a compass. They specialize in hostage rescue and counterterrorism. This finally culminated with a 40-mile hike with a 45 lb backpack. elite hand-to-hand training.

. They are the Unites States¶s most elite special warfare combatants. Apart from their firearms and heavy weapons training. in which they hunted down members of Black September in Beirut Lebanon and killed them. to which they endearingly refer as ³Jewjitsu. 2 Navy SEALs You might think there are a lot of them.´ It¶s philosophy is based on the principle that in a real street fight no quarter will be asked or given. Fight to kill. the national martial art of Israel. S. but to an even higher degree of competency.000 of them. special forces are trained. in revenge for the 1972 Munich massacre. given the number of action movies dedicated to the plot device of an invincible warrior. They are trained in all the fields in which the other U. Groin strikes are quite prevalent.Operation Spring of Youth. they train extensively in Krav Maga. but there are only about 2.

500 yd (460 m) swim using breast or combat sidestroke in under 12:30 with a competitive time of under 10:30. and correctable to 20/20. Then training begins.SEAL training lasts over a year. incorrect vision no worse than 20/200 in either eye. for 24 weeks. and the physical screening test. At least 50 sit-ups in 2 minutes with a competitive count of 79 or more. diving. etc. 1 British SAS . and requires an age of between 17 and 28 years. Physical conditioning. Run 1.5 mi (2. male. which is beyond belief. then 26 more weeks of SEAL qualification training. land warfare. surreptitious entry.4 km) in boots and trousers in under 11:30 with a competitive time of 10:20 or less. At least 42 push-ups in 2 minutes with a competitive count of 79 or more. diving. jumpmaster. Then specialization in whatever fields a SEAL team needs expertise in: anything from sniper to language specialist. At least 6 pull-ups from a dead hang (no time limit) with a competitive count of 11 or more. dynamic entry (door breacher). rope climbing.

Physical competency must be of equal stature to the SEALs. ike this list? Share it with friends. as well as Sayoc Kali. the Keysi Fighting Method. made famous by the Chris Nolan ³Batman´ films. to the degree that both special forces work closely together when necessary (Iraq and Afghanistan) and have good camaraderie. and both the SAS and SEALs are trained in knife fighting by experts in Apache Indian knife techniques. They wear a tan beret.The Special Air Service is trained to perform equally well in all the fields listed for the SEALs. more so than the SEALs. including every other entry on this list. S. They have the distinction of being the model on which almost all national commando units are based today. just as the U. Army Rangers. Krav Maga. and for the last 3 years or so. but is also trained by MI-5 and MI-6 for in-depth counter-espionage. or : . Jeet Kune Do.

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