TSA Forum Should the Army Special Forces of different countries be graded to establish an international leaderboard of standards to make them easier to compare?

  16th December 2015 at 7:03am in General Interest

Should the Army Special Forces of different countries be graded to establish an international leaderboard of standards to make them easier to compare?

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  18th March 2016 at 6:11pm

The simple answer is yes, however the first question to ask is What exactly is special forces. One countries Elite force may be another special force..... so how to you have a level playing field or what benchmark do you use to assess them. Are special forces only those with a black role, as well as green...or do you include elite units such as .commandos, rangers and paras / that come under JSOC type headings, but are in and of them selves not SF.  or do you include SOF types who support SF actions but are not SF in their own right but come under the Umbrella of  joint special forces operational command structure. For example I have the up-most respect for JSOC. I met and worked alongside cimic operative's (Civil Military Co-operations) in Kosovo. Their role in intelligence gathering and psy,ops while vital to the missions end state  does not qualify them as SF. Although they have a specialist role. And may be an asset used by or attached to an sf team. Its how the individual portrays his role that may lead to misunderstanding or overselling to an unwitting employer. Maybe I'm off the mark here, but its not an easyliy quantifiable entity if you stand back with the broad view.   if your a purist their are only a dozen sf units in the northern hemisphere.... delta, seal team 6, GIGN, SAS, SBS, GSG9 along with a number of others. I am open to correction.

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