SPECIAL FORCES UNITS 1
Special Forces Units
Brian M. Farrell
SPECIAL FORCES UNITS 2
Special Forces are “military or police units specially trained, equipped, and organized to combat terrorism” (Coombs, 2006, pg. 251). The Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) “is a battalion-sized high-readiness special operations unit and is capable of conducting and enabling a broad range of missions, including direct action, defense diplomacy, and military assistance, and special reconnaissance” (Special Forces of Canada, N.D.) CSOR began its recruitment in 2006, with 175 candidates. Its formal initiation took place in August of 2006 with 250 soldiers. These soldiers were trained in rappelling from “helicopters as well as static and free fall parachuting” (Special Forces of Canada, N.D.) This unit has been in Afghanistan since 2006 supporting Canadian coalition forces. This group also helps with the training of its international relations. This regiment is highly moveable, expertly trained making them a special operation force that can handle a multitude of conflicts at home and abroad. Special Air Services or SAS, is a corps of the British Army. They are part of the United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF). The UK limits its information about its special forces so there is little “publicly verifiable information” on the SAS (D Squadron 23 SAS (R), Ministry of Defense, N.D.). What is known is that SAS Regiment is comprised of 4 operational squadrons designated as A, B, C, and D. Each group has 60 men and a leader, these squadrons are further divided into 4 smaller groups consisting of 15 members each. Each of the 4 members of the group...
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