| I often hear a lot about the Navy SEALs and how elite they are as a Special Force. Aren't the Marines a Special Force as well? Don't they operate with Special Force units? Because, the Marines and the SEAls have a lot in common. They both operate land, air and sea, they both work directly for the President of the United States, the Marines, however, are always the first ones called in when our country is under attack. The Marines are nick-named both the nation's 9-1-1 force and the tip of the spear of America. I never hear anyone ever refer to the Navy SEALs with those kind of terms or names. The best name I'ver hear the Navy SEALs with is "The Elite." Certain things make me think that in a lot of cases, the Marines are just as elite of a force as the Navy SEALs. The SEALs also downgrade the Marines by claiming they're the ones who operate all three land, air and sea, and supposedly have "The most intensive military training known to man." The Marines might not be a real Special Force (except for the Recons), but they're certainly the most elite among the Air Force, Army, and Navy.