Special protection group
The Special Protection Group (SSG) was a Swedish special unit within the Armed Forces that operated between the years 1994 and 2011. The unit's staff was located within Karlsborg's garrison in Karlsborg in Västergötland. SSG was a special unit of the same type as the British Special Air Service (SAS) and the American Delta Force.
The founding of SSG began in the late 1980s and became a Swedish military unit in 1994. SSG's origins come from the so-called Jägarbefälsgruppen which was organized at the Life Regiment's hussars (K 3) to be part of the now disbanded Riksbataljonen. SSG was then ÖB's insight that the hunter units were not sufficiently trained and trained to cope with the highly qualified tasks that the outside world's special units were dimensioned against. SSG developed its own selection model where the traditional fatigue test was supplemented with extensive psychology tests. The latter tests are reminiscent of the tests that fighter pilots carry out. The selection for SSG lasted for two weeks and if the aspirant was still interesting from SSG's point of view, a probationary service was offered at the unit. After the two weeks of selection, more than 25% of the aspirants were rarely left. The basic training at SSG was 18 months, which also included probationary service in the unit, and then specialization training took place, which included a patrol specialty but also a recruitment specialty. it was initially not without doubt that SSG could be given the task of solving armed tasks in peacetime on its own territory. However, as of June 2006, new legislation gives the Armed Forces, and thus SSG, powers to support the police even in the fight against domestic terrorism. SF).
The unit was located in Karlsborg, along with the Life Regiment's hussars (K 3) and the Paratroopers' School (FJS). Its tasks included combat, intelligence gathering and personal and object protection.
SSG recruited personnel with Swedish citizenship from both the officer squadron and among those who had completed their basic military training. The force became best known in the Armed Forces through its participation in 2001 in Kosovo, when they were for a long period located at the Swedish camp, Camp Viktoria. Their information there was of course secret, but among other things they were engaged in signal reconnaissance. The unit became known to the general public in connection with articles and reports in the mass media around April 10, 2002, when personnel from SSG served in Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). It became relevant again at the end of November 2005 when two members of SSG died and two others were injured as a result of the vehicle they were traveling in being hit by an unarmed bomb attack in northern Afghanistan.
SSG also served in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2003, before the operation in Afghanistan, under French leadership and their units participated in the EU-led operation Artemis. There, the Swedes participated in battles against militant rebel groups. The assignment was about securing and defending an airfield near the city of Bunia so that a more comprehensive UN unit could be flown in. Shortly before the execution of SSG's transport to Congo, France is said to have stated that the Swedes were not really needed on site, but since this was the first chance to try and evaluate SSG in a sharp international mission, Swedish military command insisted. FJS-IK (Paratroopers' task force) or SIG was also present as part of the Swedish force.
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