Rangers too are assault troops. Not SF.
Where do the Marines go to get their training, and their weapons, long after the Army develops,fields, maintains and worked outs tactics and implementation? More often then not, the Army.
So, how does that make a smaller, behind the curve equipped, issued, experienced force superior? I know the Marines are propagandized to believe so, but that doesn’t make it so.
Units vs the whole of the Marines, vis a vis, esprit? 10th, 82nd, 101st...
There’s not a whole lot of benefit to Army vs. Marine Corps spats, but the Army doesn’t have an equivalnet to a Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Who do you fear most and who do you want to kill most?
If a particular infantry organization has a general reputation of being superior and does nothing to detract from that heritage,it is,by default,a special force.
Look,I was a Navy Airman during the Vietnam era and I despised the Jarheads because they were full of Texas style BS and couldn't wait for one of us squids to run foul of the regs and end up in THEIR brig for “enhanced special training.”
(They could beat hell out of you back then).
But the brainwashed bastards were pure killing machines and no better warrior to protected your butt. Granted,many army units have excellent histories...they just don't translate worldwide like the Marines.