Top elite special operations units

The number of armed conflicts worldwide is increasing each year. Each conflict is different, but they all have a common thing, that all warlords or army commanders in addition to the regular army want to strengthen their ranks with soldiers who know how to fight, and that are also well paid.

Top 8 International Private Contractor Companies In The World

The new phenomenon that appeared with the wars in the late 20th and early 21st century are private contractors, and they are precisely those rings that stand between a political or military leader and his destiny. The private contractor organizations have more than 625,000 employees.


Academy, formerly known as Blackwater, owns and operates one of the most advanced private and military training units in the world. Academi likely reduced the number of its members after a number of illegal shootings and other controversies that have angered the Iraqi government and threaten the important contracts.

Out of Middle East, Academy was engaged to guard the streets of New Orleans after Katrina hurricane and to protect the missile defense system in Japan.

Defion International

Defion International employs thousands of fighters from developing countries, and in some cases, these agents are paid with only $ 1,000 per month, which caused international anger – especially for jobs related to some governments.

The company is based in Lima, Peru. It is a Private Military Company that recruits and trains security personnel, logistics personnel, administrative personnel and professional services personnel to provide worldwide services. Defion International has offices in Dubai, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Iraq.

Their main contracts have been with Triple Canopy, Inc. and the U.S. involving the war in Iraq. They employ static guard forces, logistical and administrative professionals along with English professors for their American contracts.

Aegis Defense Services

Aegis Defense Services has about 5,000 troops who are working with the UN, the US, and the oil companies. This private military contractor is probably best known for recordings that have appeared in 2005 and which showed its members shooting at Iraqi civilians.

Aegis is stationed in Scotland and is one of a leading security and risk management company with project experience in over 60 countries. We have a worldwide client-base including governments, international agencies, and the international corporate sector, and are a major security provider to the US government and intelligence and security advisor to the maritime insurer Lloyd’s of London’s Joint War Committee (JWC).

They offer comprehensive advice on every aspect of security from corporate operations, commercial risk and foreign investment to counter-terrorism, close protection and support to governments. Aegis runs a global network of offices, contacts, and associates. Furthermore, our clients benefit from the extensive capabilities of our personnel, built up through careers in the military, diplomatic and intelligence services, as well as in the police, journalism, the UN, finance, and commerce.

Triple Canopy

Another, of eight mercenary companies that will replace the official US forces in Iraq, is Triple Canopy, which has an army of about 1,800 soldiers in the country – mainly from Uganda and Peru – and contracts worth up to 1.5mil.$. This company also have contracts in other parts of the world: in Haiti, where they guard the US embassy and in Israel, where agents provide personal protective services to the US.

Triple Canopy is a provider of mission support and integrated security services worldwide. Triple Canopy is a Constellis company. Constellis is a leading provider of complex risk management and operational support services worldwide. Constellis combines the legacy capabilities and experience of ACADEMI, Triple Canopy, Olive Group, Edinburgh International, Strategic Social and all of their affiliates.


DynCorp, headquartered in Virginia, is one of eight private military companies that State Department chose to remain in Iraq when US forces withdrew. Members of DynCorp fought against Colombian rebels and drug dealers in Peru. It is a large group with more than 10,000 employees, which has annual revenue of about 3.4mil.$. DynCorp is also active throughout Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

At one point, during the Operation Iraqi Freedom, they were one of the most employed organizations right after infamous Blackwater.


In third place is Erinys, a company that is responsible for protecting the majority of Iraq’s vital oil assets, and recently won two contracts in the Republic of Congo, for keeping and maintaining order in the largest iron ore mines and oil and gas projects.

Erinys is often designated as a risk management company delivering innovative security services that combine an appropriate mix of both technology and manned solutions. They are specialized in the provision of mobile and static security, risk consulting, safety & security training, risk mitigation and remote site support in harsh, hostile, remote environments where operating risks represent a material threat to the achievement of their client’s objectives.

Unity Resources Group

In the second place, with more than 1,200 employees worldwide, is located organization Unity Resources, which is Australian owned, and increased its presence in Iraq when an Australian army retreated. This private military company is best known for guarding the Australian embassy in Belgrade. Out of Iraq, this company helped and guarded polling stations during parliamentary elections in Lebanon and provided the evacuation of private oil companies during the crisis in Bahrain. The company operates throughout Africa, Central and South America, Asia, and Europe.

Their experience in security jobs marks them as reliable partners for every serious player on the market. 20 years in business is not a small thing.

G4S Security

G4S security organization is the second largest private employer in the world just behind the famous Wal-Mart. Some operations of this company are oriented to banks, prisons and airport security, but G4S also plays an important role in crisis zones around the world.

G4S workers at one time were responsible for providing almost one-third of all non-military convoys in Iraq, and in various combinations, this group is present in more than 125 countries around the world including some of the most dangerous parts of Africa and Latin America, where it deals with the issue of security.

G4S main headquarters are settled in London, and their motto is suggesting that they are the contractors who go where governments and armies can’t.

Top 5 Marine Corps Around The World

I have compiled a list of world’s top 5 marine Corps which is a debatable one because to successfully rank the world’s best marines, Training, Numbers, Technology, Kit, Capabilities, and funding must be considered over personal beliefs, biases or vendettas. To start off our list at the fifth place…

Russian Naval Infantry (Russia)

The Russian Naval Infantry, (Marines, Морская пехота, Morskaya Pekhota), or Russian Marines, is the amphibious force of the Russian Navy. The first Russian naval infantry force was formed in 1705, and since that time it has fought in the Napoleonic Wars, the Crimean War, the Russo-Japanese War, and the First and Second World Wars. Under Admiral Gorshkov, the Soviet Navy expanded the reach of the Naval Infantry and deployed it worldwide on numerous occasions.

The Marines are led by the Deputy Commander of Coastal Troops/Commandant of the Coastal Troops of the Russian Navy, Major General (NI) Aleksandr Kolpachenko. Their motto: “There, Where We Are, There is Victory!” They, alongside the Coastal Defense Missile Artillery Forces, form part of a larger institution—the Coastal Defense Forces of the Russian Navy (Береговые войска ВМФ России, Beregovye Voyska VMF Rossii). Numbering less than 12,000 active duty commandos, the Russian Maritime Infantry arm is one of the smallest outfits in the Russian Armed Forces.

Training is said to be extremely brutal and fatalities are normal and training can last up to eight months depending on the job selected. A Marine Regiment, equipped with the PT-76 and BRDM-2, consists of 1 Tank Battalion and 3 Marine Battalions, one motorized with BTR-60-series amphibious vehicles.

A Marine Brigade, equipped with the PT-76 or T-80 and BRDM-2, consists of 2 Tank Battalions, and 4 to 5 Marine Battalions, one motorized with BTR-60-series amphibious vehicles. A tank battalion originally had 36 MBTs. At least one infantry battalion of each regiment or brigade is parachute trained, while all of the remaining infantry battalions are trained to be able to carry out air assault missions.

ROK Marine Corps (Republic of Korea)

The Republic of Korea Marine Corps (ROKMC; Korean: 대한민국 해병대; Hanja: 大韓民國海兵隊; Revised Romanization: Daehanminguk Haebyeongdae), also known as the ROK Marine Corps, or the ROK Marines, is the marine corps of South Korea. Though theoretically, it is under the direction of the South Korean Chief of Naval Operations Korean:-{대한민국 해군작전사령부}-), the ROK Marine Corps operates as a distinct arm of the South Korean Armed Forces, unlike the marine corps of most other countries, which generally operate as part of a navy.

The ROKMC was founded as a suppression operations force against communist partisans just prior to the start of the Korean War. The ROKMC also saw combat during the Vietnam War, while stationed in Da Nang, occasionally fighting alongside the U.S. Marines. As of 2015, the ROK maintains 29,000 battle ready and elite trained Marines ready to respond to any threat or hostile act made by it’s Northern Neighbor.
The Marine Corps, with 29,000 personnel, is organized into two divisions and one brigade under the Marine Corps Command. After the bombardment of Yeonpyeong, the ROKMC commander also holds the commander position of the NWIDC (North Western Island Defence Command).

The 1st Marine Division can operate in sea, air, land, with specializing its 3 infantry battalions under a single regiment to Airborne/Amphibious Assault/Ranger. Furthermore, the ROKMC’s Recon units (2 Reconnaissance Battalions and 1 Reconnaissance Company) hold various special warfare training such as scuba and parachuting.

In March 2016, the ROK MoD announced the creation of a new “Spartan 3000” regiment consisting of 3000 of ROK Marines. The unit will be combat ready to be deployed in any part of the Korean Peninsula within 24 hours in case of an attack from the DPRK forces and will be responsible for targeting high priority targets in North Korea including nuclear facilities.

This new announcement also aims to make the ROK deployment strategy more efficient as it aims to be able to deploy an ROKMC regiment within 24 hours instead of the current 48 hours. The ROKMC relies on the ROK Navy for medical treatment of WIA, as specially trained Navy medics are to some extent integrated into the Marine Corps’ units and also instructing fundamental first-aid techniques to new recruits (similar to the USMC‘s Navy Corpsmen).

Korps Mariniers (Netherlands)

The Korps Mariniers is the marine corps and amphibious infantry component of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The marines are trained to operate anywhere in the world in all environments, under any condition and circumstance, as a rapid reaction force. The Korps Mariniers can be deployed to any location in the world within 48 hours. Their motto is Qua Patet Orbis (“As Far As The World Extends”).

The corps was founded on 10 December 1665 during the Second Anglo-Dutch War by the Prime Minister of the Dutch Republic, Johan de Witt, and Admiral Michiel de Ruyter as the Regiment de Marine. Its leader was Willem Joseph van Ghent. The Dutch had successfully used ordinary soldiers in ships at sea in the First Anglo-Dutch War. It was the fifth European Marine unit formed, being preceded by the Spain‘s Infantería de Armada (1537), the Portuguese Marine Corps (1610), France‘s Troupes de marine (1622), and the English Royal Marines (1664). Like Britain, the Netherlands has had several periods when its Marines were disbanded. The Netherlands itself was under French occupation or control from 1810 until 1813. A new Marine unit was raised on 20 March 1801 during the time of the Batavian Republic and on 14 August.

A new Marine unit was raised on 20 March 1801 during the time of the Batavian Republic and on August 14, 1806, the Korps Koninklijke Grenadiers van de Marine was raised under King Louis Bonaparte. The modern Korps Mariniers dates from 1814, receiving its current name in 1817. The Korps Mariniers currently maintains a 2,300 strong Marine outfit ready at moments notice to respond to any threat at hand. The Dutch Marine Corps is the oldest branch of the armed forces of the Netherlands. There are two career possibilities to become a marine: enlisted marine, and marine officer, depending on the educational background. Only men are allowed to serve as marines but many female navy personnel is attached to marine corps units as cooks, administrators, nurses or medical officers. Initial training to become an enlisted marine in the Netherlands lasts about 33 weeks (8 months – roughly equivalent to that of the British Royal Marines).

It is given at the Mariniers Opleidingscentrum (M.O.C.) at the Van Ghentkazerne in Rotterdam. It is rigorous and very demanding, both physically and mentally, and eventually, 33% to 50% will pass. If successfully completed, the recruits receive their “dark blue beret”, and will be assigned to the operational units of Mariniers Training Command (MTC). Initial training to become a marine officer in the Netherlands lasts a total of 18 months, starting with an intensive 11 months of practical marine officer’s training, regarded as the most demanding initial military training within the Dutch armed forces (POTOM – Praktische Opleiding tot Officier der Mariniers). This part of the initial training program is modular, which means that it is made up of 3 phases. First, the prospective officers will learn the basic skills of every enlisted marine, which takes about 10 weeks. After phase one comes the second phase, commanding a squad of 8 marines.

This module lasts for 8 weeks and emphasizes nightly operations. After successfully completing the second phase comes the final phase of commanding a Troop of marines. This last module is the longest, and cross-training is given by both the Dutch Marine training cadre and that of the British Royal Marines. When successfully completed the "POTOM", it is followed by a half-year general officer’s training at the Koninklijk Instituut voor de Marine (Royal Dutch Naval Academy). If this is finished, the (now) marine officer will be assigned to the operational units of the Mariniers Training Command (MTC). All Dutch marines are trained to operate in any environment, under any condition and circumstance. Therefore, Dutch marines regularly train in arctic, jungle, desert, high-altitude and urban conditions. Throughout their service, the marines embark on various training missions throughout the world. Amphibious warfare forms the heart of the marine corps, and this aspect is already implemented in the initial military training program. During operational training, there is more emphasis on various other tactics in amphibious warfare. Experienced marines are able to obtain various specializations. It is common for marines to have multiple specializations. Special Forces (the Mountain Leaders and frogmen platoons have merged with the Unit Interventie Mariniers, creating the new Maritime Special Operations Force (MARSOF). Eligible marines will follow a 40-week special forces training course, after which they become long-range reconnaissance/SF operators and CT specialists.

Throughout their service, the marines embark on various training missions throughout the world. Amphibious warfare forms the heart of the marine corps, and this aspect is already implemented in the initial military training program. During operational training, there is more emphasis on various other tactics in amphibious warfare. Experienced marines are able to obtain various specializations. It is common for marines to have multiple specializations. Special Forces (the Mountain Leaders and frogmen platoons have merged with the Unit Interventie Mariniers, creating the new Maritime Special Operations Force (MARSOF). Eligible marines will follow a 40-week special forces training course, after which they become long-range reconnaissance/SF operators and CT specialists. Graduates are able to specialize further as Mountain Leader or frogman.)

Corps of Royal Marines (United Kingdom)

The Corps of Royal Marines (RM) is the United Kingdom‘s amphibious light infantry force, forming part of the Naval Service, along with the Royal Navy. The Royal Marines were formed in 1755 as the Royal Navy’s infantry troops. However, the marines can trace their origins back to the formation of the English Army‘s “Duke of York and Albany’s maritime regiment of Foot” at the grounds of the Honorable Artillery Company on 28 October 1664.
As a highly specialized and adaptable light infantry force, the Royal Marines are trained for rapid deployment worldwide and capable of dealing with a wide range of threats. The Royal Marines are organized into a light infantry brigade (3 Commando Brigade) and a number of separate units, including 1 Assault Group Royal Marines, 43 Commando Royal Marines formerly Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines (previously the Comacchio Group), and a company strength commitment to the Special Forces Support Group.

The Corps operates in all environments and climates, though particular expertise and training are spent on amphibious warfare, arctic warfare, mountain warfare, expeditionary warfare, and its commitment to the UK’s Rapid Reaction Force. Throughout its history, the Royal Marines have seen action in a number of major wars often fighting beside the British Army – including the Seven Years’ War, the Napoleonic Wars, the Crimean War, World War I and World War II.

In recent times the Corps has been largely deployed in expeditionary warfare roles such as the Falklands War, the Gulf War, the Bosnian War, the Kosovo War, the Sierra Leone Civil War, the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan. The Royal Marines have close international ties with allied marine forces, particularly the United States Marine Corps and the Netherlands Marine Corps (Dutch: Korps Mariniers).

Today, the Royal Marines are an elite fighting force within the British Armed forces, having undergone many substantial changes over time. The RMC currently maintains a 7,760 strong active and a 750 strong marine Reserve component. Royal Marines are required to undergo one of the longest and most physically demanding specialist infantry training regimes in the world. Recruit training lasts for 32 weeks for Marines and 64 weeks for officers.

Potential recruits must be male and aged 16 to 33 and they must first undertake a series of interviews, medical tests, an eye/sight test, psychometric tests and a PJFT (Pre-joining fitness test). Once a potential recruit passes these, enlisted recruits undertake a 3-day selection course called PRMC (Potential Royal Marine Course) and potential officers undertake POC (Potential Officer Course) – both take place at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) in Lympstone, Devon.

Officers must also take the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB). Upon passing the 3-day course, recruits then start basic recruit training (RT) at CTCRM. Unlike in many countries, enlisted Marines and officer Marines often train together for the first 32 weeks.

A large proportion of training is carried out on Dartmoor‘s inhospitable terrain and Woodbury Common woodland. The culmination of their training ends with their infamous commando courses which they initially pre-train for.
The commando courses are a series of physical and mental endurance tests that highlight their military professionalism.

The United States Marine Corps (USMC)

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for providing power projection, using the mobility of the United States Navy to, by Congressional mandate, rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces on land, at sea, and in the air.

The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the four armed service branches in the U.S. Department of Defense and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking military officer in the U.S. armed forces, is a Marine Corps general. The Marine Corps has been a component of the U.S. Department of the Navy since 30 June 1834, working closely with naval forces for training, transportation, and logistics.

The USMC operates posts on land and aboard sea-going amphibious warfare ships around the world, and several of the Marines’ tactical aviation squadrons, primarily Marine Fighter Attack squadrons, are also embedded in Navy carrier air wings and operate from the Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Two battalions of Continental Marines were formed on 10 November 1775 in Philadelphia as a service branch of infantry troops capable of fighting for independence both at sea and on shore. The role of the Corps has since grown and evolved, expanding to aerial warfare and earning popular titles such as, “America’s third air force”, and, “second land army”.

The United States Marine Corps has distinguished itself as it has served in the majority of American wars and armed conflicts, from its inception to the modern era, and attained prominence in the 20th century when its theories and practices of amphibious warfare proved prescient and ultimately formed the cornerstone of the Pacific theater of World War II By the mid-20th century, the U.S. Marine Corps had become a major theorist of and the world’s dominant practitioner of amphibious warfare. Its ability to rapidly respond on short notice to expeditionary crises gives it a strong role in the implementation and execution of American foreign policy. As of 2016, the USMC has around 182,000 active duty members and some 38,900 reserve Marines.

It is the smallest of the U.S. Armed Forces within the U.S. DOD. Every year, over 2,000 new Marine officers is commissioned, and 38,000 recruits accepted and trained. All new Marines, enlisted or officer, are recruited by the Marine Corps Recruiting Command. Commissioned officers are commissioned mainly through one of three sources: Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC), Officer Candidates School (OCS), or the United States Naval Academy (USNA). Following commissioning, all Marine commissioned officers, regardless of accession route or further training requirements, attend The Basic School (TBS) at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.
At TBS, second lieutenants, warrant officers, and selected foreign officers learn the art of infantry and combined arms warfare. Enlisted Marines attend recruit training, known as boot camp, at either Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego or Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Historically, the Mississippi River served as the dividing line which delineated who would be trained where, while more recently, a district system has ensured a more even distribution of male recruits between the two MCRD facilities. Females attend only the Parris Island depot as part of the segregated Fourth Recruit Training Battalion.

All recruits must pass a fitness test to start training; those who fail to receive individualized attention and training until the minimum standards are reached. Marine recruit training is the longest among the American military services; it is 12 weeks long, compared to the Army’s 10 weeks, the Navy’s 9 weeks, the Air Force’s 8 1/2 weeks, and the Coast Guard’s 8 weeks. Following recruit training, enlisted Marines then attend School of Infantry training at Camp Geiger or Camp Pendleton for four months. Infantry Marines begin their combat training, which varies in length, immediately with the Infantry Training Battalion (ITB).

Marines in all other MOSs other than infantry train for 29 days in Marine Combat Training (MCT), learning common infantry skills, before continuing on to their MOS schools which vary in length.

Top 10 Elite Special Operations Units In US Military

The top 10 elite special operations units in US military list isn’t official, it’s just my meaning and understanding of US Special forces, so if you are here and think that you might not agree with a list, maybe you don’t need to read further.

10. USMC Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team

Also known as FAST, is ready for rapid deployment when US Government installations throughout the world require additional security. They are stationed at different naval command posts throughout the world. This unit of close to 500 Marines is specially trained using the state-of-the-art weapons.

9. USAF Pararescuemen, PJ

The primary mission of the US Air Force’s Pararescuemen is to recover aircrew members who are either downed and/or injured in harsh environments. They also provide on the scene emergency medical treatment to stabilize the injured while evacuating them. The conditions sometimes warrant them to act as aircrew gunners and scanners as some missions require enemy evasion.

8. US Army 75th Ranger Regiment

This elite infantry unit, aka Rangers, is a Special Operations unit headquartered at Ft. Benning, GA. The unit is made up of a single Special Troops Battalion and three special operations battalions, specially trained with a variety of skills needed for a number of different specialized missions. These three light infantry battalions are can be rapidly deployed and take turns rotating into the “Ranger Ready Forces”, where they are on constant readiness with the ability to respond to any crisis, anywhere in the world, in less than 18 hours.


The US Marine Corps Special Forces – ANGLICO – are most noted for their proficiency in controlling Close Air Support (CAS). They are, however, also trained in ground-based fires such as cannon and rocket artillery and precision guided munitions. The well-rounded training of the Anglico’s makes them the only firepower control team in the US Department of Defense who operates full time and have been fully trained to control and coordinate fire support from the air, on the land, and on the sea.


Activated in February of 2006, this specially trained Marine Corps group is a module command of the US Special Operations Command encompassing the USMCs contribution to SOCOM. The primary capabilities of MARSOC include direction action, special reconnaissance and also foreign internal defense. They are also in charge of counter-terrorism, information operations, and unconventional warfare. These highly, specialized trained individuals must functionally capable of operating in fast-paced, often remote and complex, environments.

5. US Army Intelligence Support Activity

This top secret US Army intelligence unit’s primary function is to gather intelligence information that will pave the way for a plan of action. Some of the sources for their information includes (but is not limited to) local operatives working undercover and the monitoring and tracking of radio communications.

4. USMC Force Reconnaissance

Active since June of 1957, the USMC Force Reconnaissance are capable of performing both deep reconnaissance as well as direction action operations. This specialized task force is trained to operate independently behind enemy lines, while unconventional special ops while supporting conventional warfare. Their primary focus is to support the Marine expeditionary and amphibious operations.

3. US Navy Seals

Probably one of (if not) the most well-known Special Ops group, the US Navy Seals are highly specialized and trained in the air, on the land and the sea. Their roots can be traced back to WWII when the US Navy realized the necessity to develop secret reconnaissance of landing beaches and coastal defenses. This discovery resulted in the establishing of the Amphibious Scout and Raider School in 1942.

2. US Army Delta Force

The US Army Delta Force unit generally consists of versatile, quiet professionals. They are involved in unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, information operations as well as various other roles. Delta force members refer to themselves as “The Unit”. Delta Force was first organized in November of 1977 and is known for its versatility in conducting various types of covert operations, such as hostage rescues and raids. That earned them a second place on the Top 10 elite special operations units in US Military.

1. US Navy DEVGRU, SEAL Team 6

This US Naval Special Warfare Development Group has a classified number of teams deployed worldwide. The original Team 6 was initially dissolved back in 1987, but then re-established by the US Navy as the Special Warfare Development Group – DEVGRU. Most information about DEVGRU remains highly classified and neither the White House nor the Department of Defense will comment on the details of its activities.