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An Australian Special Operations Task Group patrol in Afghanistan during October 2009

Since 1941, the Australian military has raised a range of special forces and special operations units, which fall into four categories:

  1. Commando units such as the Independent and Commando Companies raised during World War II, and the 1st Commando Regiment, the 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, which have been raised since 1945.
  2. Reconnaissance units such as the Australian Special Air Service Regiment and Regional Force Surveillance Units.
  3. Counter-terrorism units such as the Tactical Assault Groups.
  4. Support units such as the Incident Response Regiment, No. 200 Flight RAAF and the 171st Aviation Squadron.

Since 2003, all of Australia's special forces units have been grouped together under the Special Operations Command.

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