The Special Operations Brigade (SO BDE) was the special forces division of the Grand Army of the Republic, made up of clone commandos, covert ops clone troopers, Clone assassins, Advanced Recon Commandos, and clone shadow troopers.
As the Clone Wars began, the Jedi Order formed the Special Ops Brigade to complete independent, special operation for the Galactic Senate, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, and the Jedi High Council. Stationed with Arca Company Barracks, the Special Ops Brigade was led by Jedi General Iri Camas and later Jedi General Arligan Zey. When General Zey took command, the brigade consisted of 5,000 troops.[source?]
- Special Operations Brigade (SO BDE)—10 groups (5,000 men), commanded by Jedi General Arligan Zey. It consisted of 10 Commando Groups, or battalions, by one year after the Battle of Geonosis.
- Aiwha Squad
- Ion Team
- The Muunilinst 10
- Zero Five Commando
- Ord Cestus Squad
- 44th Special Operations Division
- Yayax Squad
Special ops variants
- Clone commandos mostly conducted Direct Action and Special Recon missions, in a tactical capacity.
- Alpha-class Advanced Recon Commandos served a more strategically important purpose, conducting Special Recon and Unconventional Warfare missions. However they also undertook Direct Actions missions although not as commonly as the commandos did.
- Null-class Advanced Recon Commandos were BlackOps clones who specialized in Special Activities, counterintelligence, intelligence, combating terrorism and espionage.
- Shadow troopers and covert-ops troopers acted as support units for commandos and ARCs and were trained in the same areas as well.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars novel (Mentioned only)
- Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth (Mentioned only)
- Republic Commando: Hard Contact
- Omega Squad: Targets
- Republic Commando: Triple Zero
- Republic Commando: True Colors
- Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel
- Imperial Commando: 501st (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Battlefront: Mobile Squadrons
- "Guide to the Grand Army of the Republic"—Star Wars Insider 84
- Star Wars Annual 2009
- The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
- The Essential Guide to Warfare