Talk:UK Special Forces

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Wikipedia:Naming conventions (military units)[edit]

Forgive the spam, but I'm making a scattershot announcement to try to attract people with international interests to help forge some naming conventions. A draft is now available at Wikipedia:Naming conventions (military units), and we need feedback on the talk page. Thanks. — B.Bryant 00:40, 15 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Royal Marines[edit]

The Royal Navy Marines are sometimes considered to be a navy branch of special forces, but are definately not as elite as the SAS or SBS are. They do not also operate in as much secrecy and 'cloaking'. They are also a much larger force, and there is much more information concerning them.

I understand what you're saying, but this isn't a page about special forces of the UK; it's about the UK Special Forces group, of which the Royal Marines are not part (they belong instead to the United Kingdom Amphibious Forces group, which has its own director).
However, your point is valid; how do you define 'special forces', and does the definition encompass the Royal Marines or not? They are the heirs of the commandoes of WW2, who one instinctively feels to be special forces; yet, as you point out, they lack the clandestine nature of the SAS/SBS. How do other countries define the term? In the USA, 'special forces' refers strictly to the Green Berets alone: are they more like the SAS or the Royal Marines in selection, training, role, tactics, secrecy, etc.? Franey 16:14, 13 Jun 2005 (UTC)