Special Forces Group (Belgium)
|Special Forces Group|
|Role||Direct Action, Unconventional Warfare, Special reconnaissance, Hostage rescue, Foreign internal defense, Personnel recovery|
|Motto||"Far Ahead"; "Who Dares Wins"; "Never Surrender"|
Members of the Special Forces Group are normally selected from the paracommando units of the Belgian Army. They must have at least four years experience as a paracommando to join the Special Forces Group.
In April 2000, the Special Forces Company became a part of the 3 Régiment de Lanciers Parachutists based in Flawinne. When the regiment was dissolved in February 2003, the unit was renamed the Special Forces Group. It took on the history and traditions of the 1e Bataljon der Parachutisten (1 Para), adopting the badge of its ancestor, the 5th Special Air Service.  
This training consists of 20 weeks of physical and psychological endurance. In addition to physical conditioning, the Special Forces learn hand to hand combat, survival techniques, military tactics, map reading and radio transmission.
In real situations, the Special Forces have to perform reconnaissance and surveillance missions in small groups deep into enemy territory, enact small offensive actions to arrest or free people, or to sabotage or impound materials. They are also trained to gain intelligence disguised as a civilian.
After the main Special Forces course, a Special Forces operator can choose between three specialities. These are free fall from high altitude HAHO/HALO, underwater fighting skills or operating in mountainous terrain. Also, they all have to choose a team speciality: communications, explosives, armament, medical training or sniper.
- FN F2000, assault rifle caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
- FN SCAR-H, assault rifle caliber: 7.62x51mm NATO
- FN Five-seveN, semi-automatic pistol caliber: 5.7x28mm
- FN Minimi, light machine gun caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO and 7.62×51mm NATO
- FN P90, submachine gun caliber: 5.7x28mm
- FN SLP, shotgun
- Accuracy International Arctic Warfare, sniper rifle
- "Historical review". Special Forces Group. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
- History of The Special Forces Group 2003 to present. Special Forces Group website
- "Special Forces Group Belgium". Special Forces Group. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
- Belgian Government Ministre de la Défense website: SPECIAL FORCES GROUP
- Special Forces Group Belgium: History
- Belgian Commando Museum
- Special Air Service Regimental Association
- The Belgian SAS in WWII – A Very Short History, website of the Belgian SAS Reenactment Group
- National Army Museum: Special Air Service
- 1e Bataljon der Parachutisten (1 Para), ParaCommando.com: Nieuws, forum en geschiedenis over de SAS Para´s, Commando´s en Para-Commando´s
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