Joint UK Service Units - Special Forces - Armed Forces - mod33



Although the exact detail is highly classified, the UK Special Forces Group (UKSF) is under the command of the Director Special Forces (DSF). Units known to be part of the UK Special Forces Group include:

22nd Special Air Service Regiment (Army)    22 SAS
Special Boat Service (Royal Marines)                SBS
Special Forces Support Group                        SFSG
Special Reconnaissance Regiment                   SRR
18 (UKSF) Signal Regiment                 18 SIG REGT
Reserve Components


Based around a core group from the 1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment, The Special Forces Support Group (SFSG) is a new unit within the UK Special Forces, which was established in April 2006. SFSG directly supports Special Forces operations worldwide and also provides an additional counter-terrorist capability. Personnel for the SGSG also come from the Royal Marines, and the Royal Air Force Regiment. Members of the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG) will retain the cap badges of their parent units but also wear the SFSG insignia.

All SFSG personnel have passed either the Royal Marines Commando course, the Airborne Forces Selection course run by the Parachute Regiment or the RAF Pre-Parachute Selection course. Qualified personnel are then equipped and provided with additional training to fit their specific specialist role on joining the SFSG.

The UK MoD has described the main role of the SFSG as “Providing direct support to UK Special Forces intervention operations around the world. They will be prepared to operate in war-fighting, counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations at short notice. Their roles may include provision of supporting or diversionary attacks, cordons, fire support, force protection and supporting training tasks. Prior to the creation of the SFSG, these tasks have been carried out by other units on an ad hoc basis”.

SFSG consists of four strike companies and a support company with specialist units such as as a CBRN detection troop and tactical air control parties. The group is believed to be equipped with Jackal vehicles.


The Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) was formed in April 2005 to meet a growing worldwide demand a for special reconnaissance capability. The term ‘special reconnaissance’ covers a wide range of highly classified specialist skills and activities related to covert surveillance.

The SRR draws its personnel from existing units and can recruit new volunteers from serving members of the Armed Forces where necessary. Other sub-units provide combat and service support.

18 (UKSF) Signal Regiment

This regiment provides communications and electronic warfare support to the whole of the UK Special Forces Group. Squadrons under command include:

264 (SAS) Signals Squadron
SBS Signals Squadron
267 (SRR) Signals Squadron
268 (SFSG) Signals Squadron


The two reserve SAS Regiments (21 and 23 SAS) together with 63 SAS Signal Squadron and the SBS Reserve have evolved into the Reserve Component of the UKSF Group.