I wish this kind of sense was displayed by more people (myself included on one ocasion many years ago). I have lost count of how many times i have heard the who's better than who bullshit. So I commend you sir for your display of common sense.Some people equate DINOPS to the Navy SEALS, which may or may not be correct, but I won't open that can of worms. Each nations warriors perform their duty as needed.
My mistake and humble apology for the missunderstanding, I was treating the REP as a whole, GCP are HAHO and HALO.
I will apply an element of personal philosophy to my mistake, when one says "I have learned all there is to learn" then that person has stopped learning.
My 2 cents worth ...should these guys be covered under French SOF? Not saying that they should, just asking for opinions.
They're not true SF like the 1eme RPIMA, though they have some commando training; the level 1 and 2 courses at mt. Louis (8weeks worth) plus the 3 month Operational Chutist course (HALO/HAHO). I believe they evolved out of the old pathfinder section, then became the SOGH (High Altitude Jump Team) in 1965, then CRAP (Recon and Deep Operations Commando) in 1982, then GCP in 1999 when the French finally figured out what CRAP meant in english. Each regiment in the French para brigade has 1 to 3 ten man teams.
My 2 cents worth ...
DINOPS maybe. But the GCP is a poor cousin to the 1eme RPIMA and the GCM to the 13eme RDP so neither should be included in with the French 1st circle forces. Guess that's why the French consider them to be in the 2nd circle.