History UsefulNotes / TheModernDayRambo

23rd Sep '17 11:27:42 AM SasquatchJim
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* Up until 1992, Canadian counter-terrorism operations were undertaken by the Special Emergency Response Team of the [[TheMounties Royal Canadian Mounted Police]]. However, the Canadian public were less than pleased that Canadian police were being taught primarily lethal methods, and so ultimately the SERT was disbanded and its responsibilities transferred to the Canadian military. Initially formed from Canadian Airborne and Light Infantry, JTF 2 operated in Bosnia against Serb snipers in sniper alley. It was first deployed to Afghanistan, apparently without Prime Minister Chretien's permission, in 2001. It quickly established itself as a first division unit. It also provides security to Canadian dignitaries abroad.

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* Up until 1992, Canadian counter-terrorism operations were undertaken by the Special Emergency Response Team of the [[TheMounties Royal Canadian Mounted Police]]. However, the Canadian public were less than pleased that Canadian police were being taught primarily lethal methods, and so ultimately the SERT was disbanded and its responsibilities transferred to the Canadian military. Initially formed from Canadian Airborne and Light Infantry, JTF 2 operated in Bosnia against Serb snipers in sniper alley. It was first deployed to Afghanistan, apparently without Prime Minister Chretien's permission, in 2001. It quickly established itself as a first division unit. It also provides security to Canadian dignitaries abroad.
abroad. In May 2017, the unit was brought to global attention once more when one of their snipers netted the record for longest confirmed sniper kill, eliminating an ISIS fighter from an incredible '''3800 yards'''.
16th Sep '17 5:28:44 PM nombretomado
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!!United States Special Operations Command ([[YanksWithTanks USSOCOM]])

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!!United States Special Operations Command ([[YanksWithTanks ([[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks USSOCOM]])
25th Jun '17 1:12:37 PM nombretomado
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* There are four Recon battalions, one for each of the 4 Marine divisions, that handle various recon duties in support of the conventional forces, hence the name Division Recon. Although they are not under the command of MARSOC, their reputation within the US military is such that they are considered special operations units in all but name. The community has suffered somewhat at the hands of the chain of command and the Corps' claim that there are no elite Marines; the prime example was during the Invasion of Iraq where they were used as [[GenerationKill mechanized infantry and later, conventional infantry that held ground]].

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* There are four Recon battalions, one for each of the 4 Marine divisions, that handle various recon duties in support of the conventional forces, hence the name Division Recon. Although they are not under the command of MARSOC, their reputation within the US military is such that they are considered special operations units in all but name. The community has suffered somewhat at the hands of the chain of command and the Corps' claim that there are no elite Marines; the prime example was during the Invasion of Iraq where they were used as [[GenerationKill [[Series/GenerationKill mechanized infantry and later, conventional infantry that held ground]].
15th Jun '17 4:36:13 AM manofwarb
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* '''Role''': Unconventional warfare, direct action, counterinsurgency, covert operations
* The Indian army didn't have any special forces until the 1965 Indo-Pak war. An ad hoc commando unit comprised of Indian paratroopers called Meghdoot force was organized to carry out operations behind enemy lines, and after the conflict ended, the ad hoc force was made permanent.

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* '''Mottos''': Men Apart, Every Man an Emperor, ''Shatrujeet'' (victorious against enemies), ''Balidaan'' (life offered in sacrifice)
* '''Role''': Unconventional warfare, direct action, counterinsurgency, covert operations
operations, VIP protection
* '''Headquarters''': Parachute Regiment Training Center, Bangalore
* The Indian army didn't have any special forces until the 1965 Indo-Pak war. An ad hoc commando unit comprised of Indian paratroopers called Meghdoot force was organized to carry out operations behind enemy lines, and after the conflict ended, the ad hoc force was made permanent. Although, there was initially only one special forces battalion, a second was raised in the late seventies, after which another light infantry unit was absorbed into the special forces. More battalions kept getting converted to Special Forces, and now more than half the regiment is comprised only of special forces.

* '''Name''': Marine Commando Force, Indian Navy
* '''Nickname''': MARCOS, ''daadiwalla fauj'' (bearded army)
* '''Role''': Direct action, counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, beach recon, demolition, counter piracy, hostage rescue
* '''Headquarters''': Indian Naval Station [[Literature/{{Mahabharata}} Abhimanyu]]
* The Indian Navy sent a few of their officers to the US to go through the UsefulNotes/NavySEALs Basic Underwater Demolition and SEAL training, after which a few [=SEALs=] were sent to India to aid in the establishment of a naval commando unit called the Indian Marine Special Force. Other officers went to Britain to train with the SBS. This unit was renamed the Marine Commando Force a few years later. Now, the unit boasts an arduous two year selection program, and members aren't even allowed to acknowledge their membership in this unit - most of them are officially characterized as submariners or divers. While they are trained as naval commandos, they've gained fame for operating against insurgents in Kashmir, specifically around the supply lines at Wular lake. In order to blend in among the people there, the Marine Commandos were authorized to grow beards, hence their nickname "bearded army". More recently, they have been involved in multiple counter piracy operations, protecting Indian merchant shipping in the Arabuan Sea and Gulf of Aden. They were in the spotlight, leading the effort to take back the Taj hotel from terrorists, during the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
14th Jun '17 5:09:07 AM manofwarb
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[[folder: India]]

Yes, even the country that spawned Gandhi, has special forces. India does not have a unified special operations command, as individual services use their own special forces as they see fit. Recently, India's paramilitary police forces have also raised their own special forces, to deal with terrorism.

* '''Name''': Special Forces Battalions, Parachute Regiment, Indian Army
* '''Nickname''': Paracommandos
* '''Role''': Unconventional warfare, direct action, counterinsurgency, covert operations
* The Indian army didn't have any special forces until the 1965 Indo-Pak war. An ad hoc commando unit comprised of Indian paratroopers called Meghdoot force was organized to carry out operations behind enemy lines, and after the conflict ended, the ad hoc force was made permanent.
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27th May '17 2:10:21 PM nombretomado
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* SWCC Teams operate the US Navy's smallest watercraft in support of special operations. They have their roots in the PT Boat squadrons of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and later in the riverine squadrons of the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar. SWCC Teams infiltrate enemy-held coastline and either deploy or extract [=SEALs=] or destroy enemy targets. The small boats operated by the SWCC teams are some of the fastest in the US Navy and, pound-for-pound, some of the most heavily armed. Due to their relatively low profile (despite some heroic engagements with FARC guerillas in Columbia, including one epic 3-day battle in 1996) and secrecy, they are sometimes referred to as "the US Navy's best kept secret". There again, they have recently seen some recognition, such as [[OneSceneWonder a scene-stealing]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxm7uk7I07w role]] in ''Film/ActOfValor''. One of their coolest capabilities is the ability to deploy their boats and themselves via HALO jump, as well as a party-trick (but a damn useful one, one assumes) of being able to fast rope from a helicopter into an underslung boat in flight

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* SWCC Teams operate the US Navy's smallest watercraft in support of special operations. They have their roots in the PT Boat squadrons of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and later in the riverine squadrons of the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar.UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. SWCC Teams infiltrate enemy-held coastline and either deploy or extract [=SEALs=] or destroy enemy targets. The small boats operated by the SWCC teams are some of the fastest in the US Navy and, pound-for-pound, some of the most heavily armed. Due to their relatively low profile (despite some heroic engagements with FARC guerillas in Columbia, including one epic 3-day battle in 1996) and secrecy, they are sometimes referred to as "the US Navy's best kept secret". There again, they have recently seen some recognition, such as [[OneSceneWonder a scene-stealing]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxm7uk7I07w role]] in ''Film/ActOfValor''. One of their coolest capabilities is the ability to deploy their boats and themselves via HALO jump, as well as a party-trick (but a damn useful one, one assumes) of being able to fast rope from a helicopter into an underslung boat in flight



* The Australian SASR was established in 1957, and quickly distinguished itself fighting in Malaya and later in Borneo and Indonesia. It was from these early confrontations in the sweltering jungles of Oceania that the SASR would gain its reputation for jungle warfare specialists. This came into its own during the VietnamWar, where the SASR was one of, perhaps ''the'', deadliest anti-communist unit. Equipped with their natural affinity for such operations as well as cut down [=SLRs=] called "Bitch Guns". They were referred to as "Phantoms of the Jungle" by the VC. SASR units trained US Green Berets and worked with SOG units. Now, they remain Australia's primary special operations force, conducting counter-terrorism and insurgency operations, as well as combat search and rescue and special reconnaissance, and have served in Iraq, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Timor Leste, and the Phillipines.

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* The Australian SASR was established in 1957, and quickly distinguished itself fighting in Malaya and later in Borneo and Indonesia. It was from these early confrontations in the sweltering jungles of Oceania that the SASR would gain its reputation for jungle warfare specialists. This came into its own during the VietnamWar, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, where the SASR was one of, perhaps ''the'', deadliest anti-communist unit. Equipped with their natural affinity for such operations as well as cut down [=SLRs=] called "Bitch Guns". They were referred to as "Phantoms of the Jungle" by the VC. SASR units trained US Green Berets and worked with SOG units. Now, they remain Australia's primary special operations force, conducting counter-terrorism and insurgency operations, as well as combat search and rescue and special reconnaissance, and have served in Iraq, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Timor Leste, and the Phillipines.
11th Apr '17 3:45:25 AM rvale7
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* '''Nickname''': The Activity, Virginia Boys
* '''Known Codenames''': OPTIMIZE TALENT, GRANTOR SHADOW, CEMETERY WIND, CENTRA SPIKE, GRAY FOX, and TORN VICTOR

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* '''Nickname''': The Activity, Virginia Boys
Boys, The Army of Northern Virginia, Task Force Orange
* '''Known Codenames''': OPTIMIZE TALENT, ROYAL CAPE, GRANTOR SHADOW, CAPACITY GEAR, ROBIN COURT, CEMETERY WIND, CENTRA SPIKE, GRAY FOX, and TORN VICTORVICTOR, and INTREPID SPEAR



* '''Headquarters''': IdTellYouButThenIdHaveToKillYou
* They are the most secret of all US Special Operations units. They were formed in the wake of Operation Eagle Claw in order to prepare for a second attempt (Operation Credible Support, which never was carried out). The majority of them are recruited from the US Army Special Forces (unlike Delta, Rangers do not also make up a significant portion of the USAISA's recruits). They are so secret, in fact, that they do not have a name, merely a codename which constantly changes. Interestingly, the initial founders of the unit, back when it was still USAISA, were [[ViolentGlaswegian of Scottish descent]], which is why the unit's badge features an American eagle gripping a claymore surrounded by a kilt belt in the style of Scottish clan badges. They have been heavily involved in the War on Terror, including hunt for Bin Laden. Before that, they assisted Italian police forces during the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_L._Dozier#Kidnapping Dozier Affair]] and intercepted Nicaraguan Army communications during the Contra war.

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* '''Headquarters''': IdTellYouButThenIdHaveToKillYou
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
* They are the most secret of all US Special Operations units. They were formed in the wake of Operation Eagle Claw in order to prepare for a second attempt (Operation Credible Support, which never was carried out). The majority of them are recruited from the US Army Special Forces (unlike Delta, Rangers do not also make up a significant portion of the USAISA's recruits). They are so secret, in fact, that they do not have a name, merely a codename which constantly changes. Interestingly, the initial founders of the unit, back when it was still USAISA, were [[ViolentGlaswegian of Scottish descent]], which is why the unit's badge features an American eagle gripping a claymore surrounded by a kilt belt in the style of Scottish clan badges. They have been heavily involved in the War on Terror, including hunt for Bin Laden. Before that, they assisted Italian police forces during the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_L._Dozier#Kidnapping Dozier Affair]] and intercepted Nicaraguan Army communications during the Contra war. \n To disguise their existence, the Activity's official name on the Army's inventory has changed several times and they have been referred to by [[CovertGroupWithMundaneFront many mundane names, most recently the United States Army Studies and Analysis Activity]].
30th Nov '16 2:36:38 AM Morgenthaler
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Within the realm of military fiction, there are few areas that carry the same fascination, mystique, and underwear-soiling badassery as special operations. Known collectively as Special Operations Forces in the United States and Special Forces or some other variation thereof in the rest of the world, they are the elite within the elite; the bogeymen creeping up to the bad guys' beds in the night to snatch them away and take them to some mysterious black site in the middle of nowhere. They are the ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking sine qua non]]'' [[MisplacedNationalism of my-country-could-beat-your-country debates]]. When writers need to quickly demonstrate that their protagonist is [[{{Badass}} a stone-cold killer]], they just [[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous name-drop one of these guys]] and they're good to go.

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Within the realm of military fiction, there are few areas that carry the same fascination, mystique, and underwear-soiling badassery as special operations. Known collectively as Special Operations Forces in the United States and Special Forces or some other variation thereof in the rest of the world, they are the elite within the elite; the bogeymen creeping up to the bad guys' beds in the night to snatch them away and take them to some mysterious black site in the middle of nowhere. They are the ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking sine qua non]]'' [[MisplacedNationalism of my-country-could-beat-your-country debates]]. When writers need to quickly demonstrate that their protagonist is [[{{Badass}} a stone-cold killer]], killer, they just [[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous name-drop one of these guys]] and they're good to go.
30th Aug '16 1:25:20 AM Morgenthaler
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The Special Forces of the Polish Republic are the 4th branch of the [[PolesWithPoleaxes Polish Armed Forces]]. They have served with distinction throughout Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. They trace their lineage from various pre-war formations, such as the winged Hussars, as well as the Armia Krajowa, the Home Army of Poles who resisted the Nazi occupation of the General Government.

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The Special Forces of the Polish Republic are the 4th branch of the [[PolesWithPoleaxes [[UsefulNotes/PolesWithPoleaxes Polish Armed Forces]]. They have served with distinction throughout Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. They trace their lineage from various pre-war formations, such as the winged Hussars, as well as the Armia Krajowa, the Home Army of Poles who resisted the Nazi occupation of the General Government.
29th Aug '16 11:15:35 AM Morgenthaler
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!!Division Spezielle Operationen ([[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht Bundeswehr]])--Special Operations Division (Federal Defense Forces)

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!!Division Spezielle Operationen ([[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht ([[UsefulNotes/WeAreNotTheWehrmacht Bundeswehr]])--Special Operations Division (Federal Defense Forces)
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