Most military arms experts agree the US Marines are the foremost elite arms assault troops historically... Do you agree?
I'm an Army vet and yes I agree with the the above, however in the past 30 years combat assault missions (joint and otherwise) have become very unit and mission specific and another group is now on the "Tip of the Spear"
with the Marines.
I believe the Marines have a long and storied history as elite assualt troops and it's well deserved reputation is not based soley on amphibious assaults.........it is also based on ground assaults as well. Off the top of my head two come to mind.....the ground assault to retake the city of Hue &the Citadel in TET of '68'. Second one coming to mind would be the ground assault to retake the Iraqi city of Fallujah. So I have to say the Marines are the premiere elite assault force, however, without taking anything away from the Marines, I think they share the "Tip of the Spear"
with the Army Special Operations 75th Ranger Regiment. Mass Airborne Assaults (company and multi-battalion size) are their speciality and again, off the top of my head two that come to mind are: The Grenada incursion in 1983 when the 1st Ranger Battalion made a combat airborne assault at 0530 hrs onto Point Salines airfield from a height of only 500 feet (to reduce exposure time to enemy fire but too low to use reserve chute)". Secondly, The 3rd Ranger Battalion made a night combat jump into southern Aftghanistan in October 2001 securing an airfield. This was the initial combat operation in Aftganistan.
Again, my vote is for the Marines as the elite assault military assault force but the Army Special Operations Ranger Regiment has shown itself to on the "Tip of the Spear" as well when called upon to excute it's core missions.