The Serbia Special Forces also called the Special Brigade or Specijalna brigade in Serbian are a division of the Serbian Land Forces. They are the most elite special forces unit and are comprised of reconnaissance units, counter terrorist units, diving units, command-units and paratroopers. They are a relatively new special forces group with a headquarters and most of the units situated at Pancevo.
The Special Brigade was established in September 2006 and included former elite special forces that operated in the military of Serbia and Montenegro. This included the 63rd Paratroop Brigade, the Cobras, the Shadows ( the 82nd reconnaissance-demolition diving sea center) and the 72nd Special Brigade Hawks. It is also comprised of some smaller units.
How To Become A Member Of The Serbia Brigade
Those who want to become a member of the Serbia Brigade must be members of the armed forces. They are selected for training in the special forces and must pass various aspects of training.
Serbia Brigade Training
Training operates within all the aspects of the Serbian military and those who are part of this special forces brigade receive training from the land forces as well as the air force. Actual numbers of those who are in the Special Brigade are unknown.
What Are They Best At?
The are best at electronic reconnaissance as well as ground warfare. They also have a counter terrorist battalion.
Weapons Of The Serbia Brigade
Weapons used by the Serbia Brigade are those that are also used by the Serbian Land Forces and include much equipment from the Yugoslav Peoples Army and some equipment from the former Soviet Union. Newer equipment is being added such as the M21S Assault Rifles.
Current missions are classified although they have been structured to protect the country from terrorist threats and maintain civil order.
The Special Brigade is comprised of the Military Police Counter Terrorism Battalion, the 63rd Paratroop Battalion and the 72nd Reconnaissance Commando Battalion.
Are They Professional Soldiers?
The Special Brigade consists of professional soldiers who have previous experience in the Serbian Military.
This Article is written by James Kara Murat, contributor of US Navy SEAL Information Portal.