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Swedish Elite Forces

-Swedish Elite Forces & Counter Terrorism Units Despite its stated neutrality, Sweden maintains a surprisingly large, well equipped, and capable military, with which to defend itself. With in its armed forces, known as the Forsvarsmkte, certain units tend to stand out. These units, distinguished by their methods of selection, and high stands of training, constitute the elite of the Swedish military.

The Forsvarsmkte depends on universal conscription to fill its ranks. Each year approximately 36,000 18 year olds report for a year long period of national service. Invariably some members of this group will distinguish themselves from their fellow conscripts. It is from this group that the Swedish military elite draw their recruits.

The units themselves are trained to conduct operations beyond the scope of more conventional forces. The men of these units may be required to operate for extended periods of time in hostile territory, or in extreme or unusual environments. The units are tasked with conducting a number of specialized military tasks including intelligence gathering, and reconnaissance missions, prisoner rescue operations, sabotage attacks against enemy equipment, capture of key enemy personnel, and preventing attacks on vital installations.

Many of these units have a long, and colorful history dating back hundreds of years. While others are recent creations, raised to deal with the threats posed by a rapidly changing, and what at times seems to be increasingly hostile world.

Below I'll provide a brief description of these units, and their function within Swedish defense structure.


  • Armans Fallskarmsjagerkola (FJS)-(Army Parachute Ranger School): Provides Ranger and LRRP training for Parachute Ranger units. During war time the units would conduct intelligence gathering missions, and operations against high value targets.
  • Lapplands Jageregmente (I22)-(Lappland Ranger Regiment):The Arctic Rangers are trained to operate in the Arctic northern regions of Sweden. Troops receive extensive training in conducting cold weather operations, and Arctic survival skills. During war the Rangers would conduct long range patrols, long distance raids, and ambushes in enemy rear areas.
  • Livregemente Husarer (K3)-(Life Hussar Regiment): Trained to operate in the cental and southern Sweden. The unit is equipped with specially equipped with 4X4 vehicles to aid in mobility. During hostilities they would conduct raids, and antitank ambushes.
  • Norrlands Dragonerregemente (K4)-(Northland Dragoon Regiment): Trained to operate northern potion of Sweden, the unit would conduct combat operations enemy rear areas. performing raids, and ambushes against high value targets.
  • MilitarPolis-Jagarna-(Military Police Rangers): The Military Police Rangers are a new unit within the Swedish Army. These specially trained Military Police units conduct counter SOF missions near Swedish Army installations. They have received training in tracking enemy SOF units, and countering any potential assault that they may be conducting.
  • Amphibiebataljonen-(Amphibian Battalions): The specially trained troops of the Amphibious Battalions, are Sweden's "Marines". The are trained in conducting amphibious operations, and repelling an assault by an enemy amphibious force.
  • Kustjagare (KJ)-(Coastal Rangers): Coastal Ranger are the naval equivalent of the Army's Airborne Rangers. Coastal Rangers are trained in conducting LRRP missions along the Swedish coastline, executing amphibious raids, countering enemy naval SOF units, and acting as shock troops during amphibious assaults.
  • Attack Dykarna-(Attack Divers): The Attack Divers are the Swedish Navy's combat swimmer unit. Attack Divers conduct operations similar to the USN SEALs, or the British SBS, such as attacks on enemy shipping, beach reconnaissance, hydro graphic surveys, small scale amphibious raids, and sabotage operations. Attack Divers are recruited from the ranks of the already elite Coastal Ranger units.
  • Rojdykare-(Mine Clearance Divers): Mine Clearance Divers are the Swedish Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit. They are trained to conduct EOD, and shallow water mine clearance operations in support of Swedish or allied nation forces.
  • Bassak -(Naval Counter SOF Company): The Swedish Navy's Counter SOF unit. This Company sized unit is tasked with protecting Swedish naval installations from attacks. It conducts security, and reconnaissance patrols using specially trained dog teams, small boats, and divers, with the objective of detecting and neutralizing any armed force before it can launch an attack.
Air Force
  • Flybasjagarna -(Swedish Air Force Rangers / SAFRs): A relatively new unit tasked with protecting Swedish Air Force units, and installations from attack by SOF units. SAFRs conduct security patrols outside of Air Force installation perimeters using vehicle mounted, and foot patrols. SAFRs are trained to use specially trained dogs to aide them in their search for any intruder. Once an intruder is detected, an ambush would be established to engage and destroy any force attempting to gain access into a restricted area.
Joint Service Units
  • Forsvarsmaktens Sarskilda Skvddsgrupp -(SSG): Another new unit within the Swedish armed forces. Recruited exclusively from officers, the unit would conduct POW rescue missions, hostage rescue operations, and provides close protection details for Swedish VIPs.
  • Ordningspolisens Nationel Insatsstyrka-(ONI):ONI is the Swedish national Police counter terrorist, and hostage rescue unit. It operates along lines similar to the British SAS, US Delta Force, or FBI HRT.