They are highly trained and are known as "a different breed of man".
They train indigenous forces and then conduct missions with them.
"Don't do it, it's a trick! He's got a friend!"
The phrase Special forces is commonly used to refer to any soldier under Special Operations Command. However, the term "Special Forces" is a direct reference to The United States Army Green Beret's. The Green Beret cadre consists of 8 active groups 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th, 19th, 20th groups respectively. Special Forces are also Special Operations, however, there is only one Special Forces.
Special Forces Groups are futher distinguished by specific ODA (Operational Detatchment Alpha), not to be confused with ODD, or D-boys, Operational Detatchment Delta, or more commonly refered to as Delta Force. Also incorrectly lumped into the Special Forces nomenclature are RANGER Batts, NAVSPECWAR operators (SEALS, DEVGRU, NSWU) and Air Force CCT, PJ, TACP operators. While many of these units function in a similar capacity to SF operators, there are in fact not Special Forces, but are known by their aforementioned acronyms. All fall under JSOC (joint special operations command) thus can be accurately described as special operations.
-really, Special Forces?
-cool, my buddy is SF, he's in the navy, SEAL team 3
-he's not SF then, he's special warfare.
In US context, it applies specifically to the US Army's SF group, known to the public as the Green Berets, who specialize in behind-the-lines operations such as hit-and-run tactics, intelligence gathering and moreover, gathering the support of locals to train and support militias for counter-insurgency purposes.
As a US-specific umbrella term, it also applies to the Army Rangers (of which the late football star Pat Tillman was with), the Air Forces Pararescue Jumpers (PJ's for short), the iconic Navy SEALs, and the Force Recon Marines, who for all intents and purposes do the same job as the aforementioned SEALs.
- hostage rescues
- hit-and-run missions
- "painting" targets for airstrikes
- the occasional peacetime humanitarian aid (Green Berets especially)
These guys actually seem to threaten who I am unlike a regular cop on the street.
Some are cold bastards with no emotion and the ability to destroy people in massive amounts.
These men can pick locks, blow shit up, kill tons of people, and run a ton of miles for days on end.
Guy 2: Nah, lets play with some asians in Special Force!
"Actually those are Rangers."
"Absolutely. Special-forces are the ones who fight wars these days."