Custom Search

Social Bookmarks
Bookmark to: Digg Bookmark to: Bookmark to: Facebook Bookmark to: Mr. Wong Bookmark to: Webnews Bookmark to: Icio Bookmark to: Oneview Bookmark to: Linkarena
Bookmark to: Favoriten Bookmark to: Seekxl Bookmark to: Favit Bookmark to: Linksilo Bookmark to: Readster Bookmark to: Folkd Bookmark to: Yigg Bookmark to: Reddit
Bookmark to: StumbleUpon Bookmark to: Slashdot Bookmark to: Furl Bookmark to: Blinklist Bookmark to: Technorati Bookmark to: Newsvine Bookmark to: Blinkbits

Welcome - Worldwide directory of special forces and government agencies
Your Online Source for info on Special Warfare and counter-terrorism Units!


England's 5 Airborne Brigade Pathfinder Platoon

7NL Special Boat Section

Finmark 7th Jager Company

13eme Regiment de Dragon Parachutistes

148 Commando Forward Observation Battery

"Bassak" Swedish Naval Counter-SOF Unit

Bijzondere Bijstands Eenheid

Bear Force

Commandement des Fusiliers Marins Commandos

Commando Hubert


Commandement des Operations Speciales

Destacamento do Accoes Especiais ( DAE )


Dutch Special Forces

Attack Dykarna

Escadrille des Operations Speciales ( EOS )


Escadron Special D'Intervention

Idiko Tmima Alexiptotiston



French Special Forces Overview


GEK "Cobra"



Grupo De Operacoes Especiais


Groupement Speciale Autonome (GSA)


Commando Helicopter Force ( CHF )

Irish Defense Force

Italy's 9th Para Bat


KSK Kommando SpezialKraefte

Kustjagare Coastal Rangers

Monada Ypovrixion Kastrofon

Nucleo Operativo Centrale di Sicurezza

Ordningspolisens Nationella Insatsstyrka

The 5 Airborne Brigade's Pathfinder Platoon

Poland's GSP

Portugese Companhia de Precursores

Portugese LRRPs

French Police Nationale RAID


France's 1er RPIMa

Swedish Air Force Rangers

Special Air Service

Special Boat Squadrons

The Spanish Legion

Sweden's Special Protection Group

Swedish Elite Forces

Turkish Special Forces

Unidad de Operaciones Especiales


On the basis of experience alone, GIS is one of the worlds premier Counter-terrorist teams. Since thei inception in 1978, they have been in action against groups such as the Red Brigade and the Sicilian Mafia on a regular basis. Operators in the 100 man GIS force are drawn from the Carabinieri; but only if they have an outstanding military record, have passed an exhaustive security check as well as a board of psychiatrists, physicians, and senior GIS officers. This alone accounts for 40% of the attrition rate of potential candidates for GIS.

After this first phase, candidates attend a two week selection process. If they pass, there is an additional ten months of training before aspiring operators are qualified to be members of GIS. Courses in that ten monthes range from terrorist ideology to combat shooting and combat driving ( reportedly held at Ferrari's famed factory and speed roadway ).

Operators in GIS are not lacking for weapons in their fight against terrorists. The MP-5 sub-machine gun family ( mainly the MP5 A3 and MP5 SD3 ) is a new addition to the GIS arsenal. The Beretta SC70/90 5.56 assault rifle is carried for more conventional deployments. Another Beretta carried by GIS is the model 92 SB 9mm automatic pistol. Revolvers such as Smith & Wesson's .38 caliber and .357 magnum are also favored by operators.

GIS also utilizes heavier weapons such as shotguns and sniper rifles; snipers are equiped with either the HK PSG-1 or the Mauser SP86 7.62 rifle. In addition, the Barret M82 .50 caliber sniper rifle is now being made available to GIS operators. Shotguns issued include the Franchi SPAS 12 and 15 12-gauge and PA3 riot shotgun.