I was reading an article today and the sheer scale of the vaunted American Special Forces Community made me launch a new thread... Given that they have their tiers - the Americans and not them - even so the size dwarfs our ability - RM, Para, SRR, SBS, SAS et al. This is serious so no RAF Regt. And now this All of the armed services are struggling to reset after 12 years of war while trying to define spending priorities to meet a variety of uncertain and overlapping threats, but SOCOM is doing so while rapidly growing in size and influence. As the only segment of the Defense Department that is actually growing in both size and capability — its 60,000-odd operators will expand to more than 70,000 in the coming years, and its fiscal 2014 budget request for $12.4 billion is an increase from previous years — the command faces some difficult choices in how it maintains its “specialness” in the coming years of strategic retrenchment. 70,000 blokes? Whole article can be viewed here: US Spec Ops Leaders Look Beyond Land Wars | Defense News | defensenews.com I am lost, exactly what do we really contribute to the special relationship? Should I have the feeling that the Septics laugh at UK attempts to maintain talk of the special relationship. Should the UK just get back into it.s own box and let the big boys play alone. The scale of the septic commitment is immense and we could not project a 10th o the capability. IMHO. The SDR needs a public discussion. The Mil people have cornered the polis or coopted them on some nonsense that there is a special relationship. Nothing special in being Mr 10 percent.