Sšrskilda Skydds Gruppen (Special Protection Group)
goal with this page is to provide some basic information
about the SSG military unit, translated in to English ďSpecial
of the information on this page is gatherd from
official Swedish military sources and Swedish press;
some information is based on assumptions and speculations.
little is known about the SSG unit. Though it is
to be assumed that the unit was formed some time
in the beginning of the 90ís.
unitís main tasks consist in information gathering
and rescue missions behind enemy lines, protection
of military VIPís and to wipe out sabotage or terrorist
always hard to compare different type of military
units with each other, but in the case with SSG
the recruitment procedure is very similar to more
units like U.S Deltas (1stSFOD-D) and British SAS
(Special Air Service).
order to apply to SSG you have to be an Officer
in one of the 3 Swedish military branches.
unit is located in the Swedish town of Karlsborg
where the Swedish Parachute Ranger School also
resides at K 3 - Life Regiment Hussars.
Swedish Parachute Ranger School is one of the oldest
Special Forces Corps in the Swedish armed forces
(founded in 1952) and is probably the most respected.
recruit has to conduct training for 15 months before
becoming a Parachute Ranger and almost certainly
larger part of the members in SSG are Officers
that originates from the Parachute Ranger Corps.
the test period before becoming an active member
in the SSG, each solider will receive common training
such as parachuting, diving and VIP protection
will also receive special training within different
areas such as high altitude parachuting, explosives,
medical service and special weapon training.
part of the unit is always in a state of alert
in case of an urgent situation foremost domestic
situations within Sweden; however lately there
have been international
in connection with that the Swedish armed forces
in general are moving towards international operations
together with EU and UN.
is no public information available about the organisation
of SSG or how many members the unit consists of.
it is likely to assume that SSG consists of 60-80
also known that the SSG operates directly under
the headquarters of the Swedish military in order
to have a short chain of command.
expected to assume that SSG is divided in to groups
or teams that are specialized within different
many members there are in each team is hard to
say, nevertheless each team would probably have
would then be divided in to smaller patrols with
patrol consists of one patrol leader and the expertise
of the other members probably varies between the
different teams, but itís likely to
that each patrol at least have one member that
have received medical training.
is no official information about the equipment
that SSG utilizes.
SSG have access to the majority of the bits and
pieces that exists within the Swedish armed forces
parachutes mission the C-130 Hercules is mainly
used, SSG also have access to different helicopter
types depending on mission.
standard weaponry almost certainly consist of the
- AK-5 (FNC 80, Assault Rifle 5,56
x 45 mm)
- KSP-90 (MINIMI Machinegun 5,56 x 45
- Pistol 88 (Clock 9 x 19 mm)
- Sniper rifle m90 (L96A1 AW 7,62
x 51 mm)
- H&K MP5
order to be able to apply to SSG you have to be
an Officer in one of the three military branches
(Army, Navy, Air force).
members are foremost recruited from the different
Special Forces and ranger regiments and almost
certainly the main part from the Parachute Rangers
selection consists of several types of different
tests, both physical and mental and it will take
about one year to become a fully adequate member
see if the aspirants are well fitted, each of them
has to conduct 2 weeks of different tests,
first week consists of traditional military exercise
under extreme conditions and all under supervision
the second week the recruits are conducting a number
of different tests both practical and theoretical
and a more extensive psychological test.
recently it was not possible for individuals to
apply for SSG, instead SSG in junction with the
different regiments contacted the persons in question
that matched the profile.
it is possible to apply for SSG; you can actually
download the necessary blankets from the Swedish
military homepage at http://www.mil.se.
average age of an SSG member is 31.
2002 about 45 members of the SSG was sent to Afghanistan
to join the international UN force.
mission was to retrieve intelligence to the main
force and to protect leaders within the Afghanistan