List of paratrooper forces

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The following is an incomplete list of paratrooper forces from around the world.

Argentina Argentina[edit]

Australia Australia[edit]

Austria Austria[edit]

Bangladesh Bangladesh[edit]

Belgium Belgium[edit]

Brazil Brazil[edit]

Brazilian Army

Brazilian Air Force

Brazilian Navy

Bulgaria Bulgaria[edit]

Canada Canada[edit]

Chile Chile[edit]

  • Chilean Army
    • 1st Parachute Battalion "Pelantaru" (1o Batallón de Paracaidistas "Pelantaru")

China China[edit]

Croatia Croatia[edit]

Czech Republic Czech Republic[edit]

Egypt Egypt[edit]

Finland Finland[edit]

France France[edit]

French Army (Armee de Terre):

French Foreign Legion (La Légion Etrangère) :

French Navy (Marine Nationale):

  • Commandos Marine: Navy component of Special Operations Command (France):
    • Commando Hubert (also named Commando d'Action Sous-Marine Hubert, CASM, "underwater operations commando"): Submarine action (combat divers).
    • Commando Jaubert: Assault at sea, exfiltration, close quarters battle at sea.
    • Commando Trepel: Assault at sea, exfiltration.
    • Commando de Penfentenyo: Reconnaissance, Intelligence Operations (recon swimmers)
    • Commando de Montfort: Long range neutralisation (missile launchers, light mortars, heavy sniper rifles), fire support designation
    • Commando Kieffer: C3I, military dogs

French Air Force (Armee de L'Air):

National Gendarmerie (Gendarmerie Nationale):

Directorate-General for External Security: Division Action:

  • The Centre Parachutiste d'Entraînement Spécialisé (CPES, "Paratrooper Specialised Training Centre") in Cercottes for clandestine operations
  • The Centre Parachutiste d'Instruction Spécialisée (CPIS, "Paratrooper Specialised Instruction Centre") in Perpignan for special commandos.
  • The Centre Parachutiste d'Entraînement aux Opérations Maritimes (CPEOM, "Paratrooper Training Centre for Naval Operations") in Quelern, which instructs combat divers.

Gabon Gabon[edit]

Germany Germany[edit]

See article Fallschirmjager

Greece Greece[edit]

Honduras Honduras[edit]

Hungary Hungary[edit]

  • HDF 34th ’László Bercsényi’ Special Operations Battalion[6]
  • HDF 25/88th Light Mixed Battalion[7]
  • HDF 5/24th 'Gergely Bornemissza' Reconnaissance Battalion[8]

India India[edit]

Indian Army[edit]

Indian Air Force[edit]

Indian Navy[edit]

Other Special Forces[edit]

Indonesia Indonesia[edit]

Iran Iran[edit]

Islamic Republic of Iran Army
Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (IRGC)

Republic of Ireland Ireland[edit]

Defence Forces (Irish Army)

Israel Israel[edit]

98th Paratroopers Division (Reserve and Regular)
Other Brigades
Commando Units
  • Special Forces Deep Penetration Demolition Unit 212 "Maglan"/"Ibis", Oz Brigade
    • Special Forces Anti-Aircraft Parachuting Unit 7298 "YANMAM", Maglan, Oz Brigade
  • Guerilla Warfare Unit 621 "Unit Egoz", Oz Brigade
  • Desert Warfare Unit 845 "Rimon", Oz Brigade
  • Special Undercover "Mista'arvim" Unit 217 "Duvdevan"/"Cherry", Oz Brigade
  • Special Operations Engineering Unit "Yahalom (IDF)"/"Diamond", Israeli Combat Engineering Corps
    • Combat Engineering Commando - Sayeret "Yael"/"Ibex"
Elite Units
Airborne and Special Training center "Marhom"
  • Airborne Training and Supply center
    • Airborne Jump School
    • Airborne Supply Unit
  • Counter Terror School and other Special Training base "Mitkan Adam"/"Adam Facility"
Other Airborne Qualified Units
  • Aircraft Landscape and Desert specialist Unit 5700 "Yahak"

Italy Italy[edit]

Italian paratroopers are called Paracadutisti.

Japan Japan[edit]

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

Jordan Jordan[edit]

Royal Jordanian Army
  • 30th Hussein Bin Ali Special Mission Brigade
    • 15th Khalid Bin Al-Waleed Special Mission Battalion (Para)
    • 16th King Faisal Special Mission Battalion (Para)
    • 20th Tariq Bin Zyad Special Mission Battalion (Para)

Malaysia Malaysia[edit]

Mongolia Mongolia[edit]

Mexico Mexico[edit]

Nepal Nepal[edit]

Netherlands Netherlands[edit]

Poland Poland[edit]

Philippines Philippines[edit]

Philippine Air Force
Philippine Army Special Operations Command
Philippine Marine Corps

Portugal Portugal[edit]

Portuguese Army

Rhodesia Rhodesia[edit]

Russia Russia[edit]

Russian paratroopers stand at attention during an exercise in Central Asia
Russian armed forces
Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD)
Various Specnaz units

Serbia Serbia[edit]

South Africa South Africa[edit]

Spain Spain[edit]


Sweden Sweden[edit]

Swedish Army

Fallskärmsjägarna (Parachute Rangers)

Särskilda operationsgruppen Special Operations Group

31st Airborne Battalion

Switzerland Switzerland[edit]

Syria Syria[edit]

Taiwan Taiwan (Republic of China)[edit]

Thailand Thailand[edit]

Turkey Turkey[edit]

Ukraine Ukraine[edit]

Insignia of the Ukrainian airmobile forces

United Kingdom United Kingdom[edit]

United States United States[edit]

U.S. paratroopers in a plane before jumping

Joint Service Units

  • Joint Communications Unit (JCU)
  • Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE)
    • Headquarters Support Squadron (HSS)
    • Communications Support Detachment (CSD)
    • 1st Joint Communications Squadron (JCS)
    • 2nd Joint Communications Squadron (JCS)
    • 3rd Joint Communications Squadron (JCS)
    • 4th Joint Communications Squadron (JCS)
    • 224th Joint Communications Support Squadron (JCSS)
    • 290th Joint Communications Support Squadron (JCSS)

Venezuela Venezuela[edit]

  • Venezuelan Army
    • 42nd Infantry Paratrooper Brigade (42a Brigada Paracaidista de Infanteria)

Vietnam Vietnam[edit]

Vietnamese Paratroops insignia


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