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Inferno Squad, a special forces unit of the Galactic Empire.

Special forces were elite fighting units. The New Republic sent a special forces team led by Jom Barell to investigate suspected Imperial activity on Akiva sometime after the Battle of Endor.[1]


Galactic Republic[]

The Galactic Republic made use of various special and elite units during the Clone Wars. Clone commandos,[2] Advanced Recon Commandos, Biker Advanced Recon Commandos, and Advanced Recon Force Scout Troopers[3] were greatly employed, with units including Foxtrot Group, D-Squad,[4] Delta Squad,[5] and Clone Force 99.[6] The 41st Ranger Platoon was also an elite unit within the 41st Elite Corps.[7][8]

Confederacy of Independent Systems[]

The Confederacy of Independent Systems utilized specialized battle droids as special forces units, including BX-series droid commandos, during the Clone Wars.[9]

Alliance to Restore the Republic[]

"Marines, pathfinders, urban guerrillas, techs, wilderness fighters, heavy weapons specialists, and infiltrators make up Special Forces. We infiltrate. We exfiltrate. We go in first and strike from cover. We do this better than the Empire, and that is how we'll win this war."
―Ruescott Melshi on Alliance Special Forces[10]

The Alliance to Restore the Republic maintained the Rebel Alliance Special Forces,[11] a branch of the Alliance Military.[12] Consisting of pathfinders,[13] the Marine Corps, and Rebel Commandos, the Alliance Special Forces served in various battlefronts.[14]

Galactic Empire[]

"We weren't expecting Special Forces."
"That's the point, Sergeant."
―A stormtrooper and Inferno Squad's Gideon Hask[7]

The Galactic Empire maintained various special forces units throughout its military and intelligence branches.[15] The Imperial Special Forces was one such organization,[16] which included members such as Inferno Squad,[17] the 204th Imperial Fighter Wing,[18] and Task Force 99.[19] Other special forces units included CompForce and Special Forces Command.[15] Special Unit One was an elite starfighter squadron,[20] and Imperial Intelligence utilized elite death troopers.[21] Purge Troopers were elite soldiers that operated under the Inquisitorius.[22]

New Republic[]

The New Republic maintained a military branch, the New Republic Special Forces, which was formed from the Alliance Special Forces.[1]

First Order[]

The First Order maintained the First Order Special Forces as part of its military forces.[23] Members of the First Order Special Forces included Special Forces pilots[24] who piloted TIE/sf space superiority fighters,[25] as well as elite stormtroopers who utilized elite speeder bikes.[26]


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