The Most Effective Special Operations Forces Around The World

Within most branches of a country’s military, there are special forces. These are made up of highly skilled and highly trained soldiers that are charged with handling some of the most dangerous, covert operations around the world. NATO has described special operations as “military activities conducted by specially designated, organized, trained, and equipped forces, manned with selected personnel, using unconventional tactics, techniques, and modes of employment.” Coming into existence in the early 20th century, special forces have grown significantly while also becoming more and more exclusive — and deadly. While many people just think about Navy SEALs or the Russian Spetsnaz, there are equally as revered forces all around the world. Check them out here.


The United States Navy Sea, Air, and Land Teams, commonly referred to as Navy SEALs, are the US Navy’s primary special operations force. Part of the Naval Special Warfare Command, the Navy SEALs can trace their history back to World War II when the Navy realized their need for covert reconnaissance of beach landings and coastal defense.

Jim Hampshire/U.S. Navy via Getty Images
Jim Hampshire/U.S. Navy via Getty Images

The SEAL’s purpose is to conduct small-unit maritime military operations. They’re trained to operate in all environments for which they are named. The SEALs are so revered in the military that the CIA’s highly secretive and elite Special Operations Group recruit directly from Seal Teams.