first published on February 7, 2018 by Will
The French Special Forces have troops representing all branches of the military.
Their Army contingent is the 1er RPIMa (Regiment de Parachutistes d’Infanterie de Marine), is similar to the British SAS. They are trained to carry out intelligence gathering, special operations and asymmetrical warfare, and anti-terrorist ops.
Representing the Navy is the GROUFUMACO (Groupement des Fusiliers-Marins Commandos or Marine Commando Team Command). Their roles are comparable to that of SWCC and the SEALs. This Group is made of four assault companies, plus a company of underwater demolition/combat swimmers.
The Air Force’s elite group is the GFCA (Groupement des Fusiliers Commandos de l’Air). Some of these operators specialize in designating targets and calling in precision airstrikes much like a TACP or Combat Controller. In addition to that, there are also search and rescue parachutists trained to retrieve downed pilots and friendly troops stranded behind enemy lines.
For domestic operations, the French have the special forces of the GSIGN (Groupement Special d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie Natonale), which includes the GIGN (Groupe d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale), and the GSPR (Groupe de Securite du President de la Republique)… basically the Secret Service.