Special Operations Groups (Spain)

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Grupos de Operaciones Especiales
Emblem of the Spanish Army Special Operations Forces.svg

Country Spain
Branchland forces
Typespecial forces
SizeAprox. 900 (2020)[1]
Nickname(s)Boinas Verdes (Green Berets)

The Special Operations Groups (Spanish: Grupos de Operaciones Especiales, GOE) are the special operations forces of the Spanish Army.

These units should not be confused with the similar-sounding Grupo Especial de Operaciones (GEO) and Grupos Operativos Especiales de Seguridad (GOES), two police forces, or the Spanish Navy's Unidad de Operaciones Especiales (UOE).


The three Special Operations Groups are subordinated to the Special Operations Command.

Insignia Group
Coat of Arms of the 2nd Special Operations Group Granada.svg 2nd Special Operations Group "Granada"
(Grupo de Operaciones Especiales "Granada" II)
Coat of Arms of the 3rd Special Operations Group Valencia.svg 3rd Special Operations Group "Valencia"
(Grupo de Operaciones Especiales "Valencia" III)
Coat of Arms of the 4th Special Operations Group Tercio del Ampurdán.svg 4th Special Operations Group "Tercio del Ampurdán"
(Grupo de Operaciones Especiales "Tercio del Ampurdán" IV)
Coat of Arms of the 19th Special Operations Group Maderal Oleaga.svg 19th Special Operations Group "Maderal Oleaga"
(Grupo de Operaciones Especiales "Maderal Oleaga" XIX)[2]

Units in 1989

The Special Operations Groups were Ranger type units that specialized in counter-insurgency and guerrilla warfare tactics.


  1. ^ Fernando Cancio | Madrid Última actualización:22-01-2020 | 10:53 H/Creada:22-01-2020 (2020-01-22). "Boinas verdes 4.0: así será en el futuro la unidad de élite del Ejército de Tierra". La Razón (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  2. ^ Formerly Bandera de Operaciones Especiales de la Legión (Spanish Legion Special Operations Flag), BOEL.

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