Russia ranks second, narrowly ahead of China. Japan and India round out the top five. Canada ranks 20. The report said: "Our analysis reveals the military superiority of the United States in conventional war capabilities compared to its close rivals.
Ranking of Most Powerful Militaries in The World The Global Firepower ranked the world’s most powerful countries in term of army strength. They examined the defense forces of 106 countries in order to compile the rankings, taking into account manpower, land systems, air power, naval power, resources, logistics, finances and geography covered.
Since the formation of a Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707 (later succeeded by the United Kingdom), the armed forces have seen action in a number of major wars involving the world's great powers, including the Seven Years' War, the Napoleonic Wars, the Crimean War, the First World War, and the Second World War.
France has one of the most forward-deployed militaries in the world, with around 3,000 troops across Africa. France is the only country other than the US with a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, and is one of only nine countries with nuclear weapons.
The Russian armed forces are the unquestioned second strongest military power in the world. Russia has the world's largest tank fleet, the second largest aircraft fleet behind the US, and the third largest submarine fleet behind the US and China.
In the U.S. military, "Special Forces" is a proper (capitalized) noun referring exclusively to U.S. Army Special Forces (a.k.a. "The Green Berets"). The media and popular culture frequently misapply the term to Navy SEALs and other members of the U.S. Special Operations Forces.
Delta Force operators can be vastly diversified in their training background since they can come from various units across different military branches (including DEVGRU). Delta operators will even be awarded medals of their respective branch of service while serving with the Army unit. "No matter what your background is, everyone starts from zero so that everyone is on the same page," says our former Delta operator.
Shayetet 13 (Hebrew: שייטת 13, lit. Flotilla 13) is the elite naval commando unit of the Israeli Navy. The unit is considered one of the primary Special Forces units elite units of the Israel Defense Forces (along with Sayeret Matkal and Shaldag Unit).
Pakistan’s elite special forces unit, army’s Special Services Group (SSG) has been listed as the best special forces group, ahead of units such as the US Navy SEALs and the British Special Air Service group. The list, by Business Insider Australia ranked Pakistani commandos as the best of the nine top elite forces from around the world.