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"Who Dares Wins"
— SAS motto

The Special Air Service (SAS) is a special forces regiment of the British Army featured in Call of Duty: United Offensive, Call of Duty 3 and the modern day in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.


The Special Air Service was first featured in the Call of Duty franchise in Call of Duty, where SAS Sergeant Evans was featured as a main character, fighting with Captain Price against the German army in various situations, including the attack on the Pegasus Bridge, the sabotage of the Eder Dam, and the destruction of the battleship Tirpitz and of some infamous V2 rockets.

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Then the SAS appears again in Call of Duty: United Offensive, where the player plays as Sergeant James Doyle.

In Call of Duty 3, the Special Air Service appears again, and this time James Doyle and Maj. Ingram are back, in company of Cpl. Duncan Keith and some members of the Maquis Resistance (French resistance), like Marcel, Pierre LaRoche and Isabelle DuFontaine. Their objective is to "clean" some areas of enemy concentration, in the towns of Toucy, Autun, and Les Ormes (the latter two are featured also as multiplayer maps in Call of Duty 3.

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Later in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the Special Air Service was a principal force in combating the Middle Eastern hostiles and Ultranationalist Russian rebels during the six-day modern day global conflict. Captain John Price's SAS team was critical in the US/UK operation, operating alongside Marine Force Recon to eliminate the Ultranationalist nuclear threat. The main character of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was "Soap" MacTavish, an SAS rookie operative.

SAS Soldier

A playable SAS character in multiplayer.

The SAS are featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as part of Task Force 141 with Soap MacTavish returning as an NPC and playable character. SAS members in Task Force 141 are not as easily identifiable because of a combination of British, American, Canadian, and Australian members. Captain Price is featured as well in later missions, but not playable.

The SAS also show up in Modern Warfare: Mobilized. One of two playable characters is an SAS operative, headed by Captain Bell and Sergeant Walker. They take part in a search for a nuke, eventually finding and disarming it.

Known SAS Members

Call of Duty

Call of Duty: United Offensive

Call of Duty 3

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Faction SAS

Multiplayer icon.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Members of the SAS are not featured directly in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Soap, Ghost and John Price are SAS members within Task Force 141. It is also notable that, although not explicitly stated in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the last known surviving members of Task Force 141 are SAS.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized


Call of Duty 4

  • G36C (Signature weapon of Gaz, used by Soap during the training exercise in "F.N.G.")
  • MP5 (Unsuppressed and Suppressed variants used by SAS operators in multiple missions)

Modern Warfare: Mobilized


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  • In Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the British flag insignia on Price's arm and Gaz's hat is wrong; the skewed red lines in the game are perfectly symmetrical to the opposite side, where as in truth they have no perfect lines, so there can be no lines of symmetry.
  • In Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, most SAS players are depicted wearing a gas mask, despite that there are no gas grenades used throughout the game, excluding the smoke grenade. Gas masks may be worn to protect the users face from shrapnel or other debris, whilst also serving to hide the user's identity and to intimidate the enemy. In real life, the SAS gas masks have darkened lenses to protect from flashbangs, but this has no effect in-game
  • The British army was going to make an appearance in Call of Duty: World at War, due to the images of British weapons built into the game that never appeared in-game, McFarlane Toys model of an SAS Trooper included in the Call of Duty series of toys and code for Holland and Rhineland missions.
  • The British 22nd SAS Regiment was a part of Task Force 141 in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
  • The SAS member Ghost is the multiplayer announcer for Task Force 141.
  • The SAS are never actually mentioned in-game in Modern Warfare 2 despite their prominence in the previous Modern Warfare. The closest thing to them being mentioned is when Price's resumé is seen in a cutscene, where it says "Former SAS Captain" and on Soap MacTavish's chest in the missions "Takedown", and "The Hornet's Nest".
  • In Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, when choosing any Submachine Gun, in the Multiplayer, the player will appear as the Marines did in the later levels of the story mode right down to having the Marine Corps Insignia, despite playing as the SAS.
  • In Multiplayer, players using SMGs while on the Task Force 141 team will have an SAS/British flag skin.
  • The S.A.S. are one of the few special forces teams whose motto, "Who Dares, Wins", never appears as the name of a level in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The USMC, Rangers and Navy SEAL's have all had levels named after their mottos.
  • In Call of Duty 4 multiplayer, the SAS announcer is Gaz.
  • In Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the SAS, unlike the other factions, have two separate appearances depending on the level. On the map Vacant, for example, the SAS will appear in black uniforms like they do in the campaign on the first mission, whereas on maps like Pipeline they will appear closer to USMC appearance.
  • The SAS have an unfair advantage on the multiplayer map "Wet Work" as they can easily conceal themselves in darkness because of their black uniforms, unlike the Spetsnaz who wear white and can easily be seen.
  • The SAS gas masks are used in Modern Warfare 2 by the FSB in No Russian, some Rangers, and Makarov's Troops.

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