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"Bunch of glorified Boy Scouts!"
Trevor Philips

The United States military is featured in every game of the Grand Theft Auto series, except Grand Theft Auto 1, Grand Theft Auto IV and its episodes (only military vehicles).


As implied, they are the armed forces of the United States of America, comprising mostly of the Army, but also with air and naval bases. The military themselves doesn't appear in Grand Theft Auto IV because it enhances realism; they would not be sent to arrest one person and because the Posse Comitatus Act prohibits the use of federal military personnel and units of the National Guard under federal authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within the United States, except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or Congress[1]. NOOSE somewhat replaces the military from previous games; however, the military reappears in GTA V and GTA Online, but it is no longer considered as a law enforcement group, its role still having been replaced by NOOSE.

All branches of the armed forces have appeared in the GTA Series, except the Coast Guard.


Grand Theft Auto 2

After getting a six-head wanted level, the military will replace the police. Pedestrians disappear and normal cars become a rare sight. The soldiers in GTA 2 are armed with machine guns and can easily kill Claude Speed and destroy cars. The military uses different vehicles such as Pacifiers, Land Roamers and a Tank. The military has its base in the Residential District but the base is inaccessible. However, there is a small base in the Industrial District in which it can be accessed during the mission Army Base Alert!

3D Universe

After the player gains six stars in a 3D Universe game, the Army will begin to chase the player. On the ground, two military vehicles are used to kill the player: the Barracks OL, which is used for roadblocks, and the Rhino tank for pursuit. The soldiers themselves are always well-armed with weapons that will often make short work of the player and most vehicles.

Members of the military behave as a gang in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and its prequel, despite not being an actual gang and will attack the player if spotted on military property, unless in a Cop uniform. They will also set up roadblocks comprised of the Barracks OL and soldiers armed with M16s in GTA III and MP5s (during a 6-star wanted level), and M4 Carbines in every other 3D Universe game. These aren't as lethal as those of the FBI since there could be two FBI vehicles taking up one road with at least eight agents. But seeing as how the Barracks takes up the space of one road, they can be broken through although the MP5s still pose an extreme threat.

A strange thing is that soldiers in the Fort Baxter Air Base never participate in law enforcement activity; if the player is wearing a police uniform or Army fatigues and enters the base with a wanted level, only the law enforcement officers that enter from outside the base will try to kill the player.

HD Universe

The military does not appear in GTA IV, nor in its episodes. Like in GTA 1, a few vehicles based on military vehicles appear in the game: the Annihilator, the APC, and the Buzzard. However, these vehicles are used for law enforcement purposes in the game, except for the Buzzard, which is considered illegal.

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, after gaining six stars, the Rhino and occasionally on-foot infantry will appear. Soldiers are armed with AK-47s at all times. While encountering an occupied Rhino, the player cannot hijack the occupied Rhino; however, there are two ways the Rhino will react depending if the player is on foot or in a vehicle: If the player is in a vehicle, the Rhino will immediately fire at the player's vehicle, setting it aflame (but not blowing it up, allowing the player to bail out and save his or her life); however, if the player is on foot, the Rhino will reluctantly fire, giving the player ample time to escape. The very slow speed of the Rhino makes it easy for the player to outrun it on foot. The Rhino will eventually fire at the player if the player stays in range on foot for too long. A direct hit usually kills the player unless the player has full health and full armor, but will reduce the health to roughly 25% and armour to 0%. The same goes for the Destroyer when the player enters the water.

In Grand Theft Auto V, the military (comprised of Marines, Air Force, and Army personnel) is now present in Fort Zancudo outside of missions. Unlike former games, it is not part of the wanted level system anymore. Similar to GTA IV, NOOSE replaces their role of an elite law enforcement force. If the player trespasses in Fort Zancudo, the military personnel will be alerted and will attack the player on sight. Also, if the player acquires a wanted level and is at the boundaries of the base, the military will be sent out instead of the police, with the ability of arresting the player or shooting to kill; if the player goes too far from the base, the personnel will give up and the police will be sent out instead.

When attacking the player, soldiers are not armored unlike in the 3D Universe, but have heavy firepower, including Carbine Rifles as weapons, and Crusaders, Barracks and Rhinos as vehicles. Also, the military may occasionally use a P-996 Lazer for air support, which is able to shoot the player down with missiles when he is using an aircraft/helicopter, or even attack him on foot using the Lazer's machine guns and missiles.

Mission appearances

GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas

GTA Vice City Stories

GTA Online


Military bases

Military vehicles

2D Universe

3D Universe



HD Universe


  • Panzer II (formerly used by Nazi Germany)
  • T-34 tank (formerly used by Soviet Union)
  • USS Luxington ATT-16 aircraft carrier


Known Military Personnel

United States Armed Forces

Soviet Armed Forces

Israeli Defence Forces

Army of the Republika Srpska

Royal Canadian Air Force

Provisional Irish Republican Army

National Gendarmerie Intervention Group

Other Militaries

Known Military Units

  • Special Airborne Unit
  • Ghost Squadron
  • 4th SYFM
  • 9th Squadron Special Operations
  • 1st Cavalry Division (PS3/Xbox 360)
  • 16th MP Brigade (PS3/Xbox 360). The insignia has the background of the JFK SW School.
  • 135th Airborne Division (PS3/Xbox 360).


Throughout the series, the military has been dressed in traditional woodland camouflage pattern. In GTA III, they are shown as wearing simply an olive drab uniform with a helmet. Troops stationed at Fort Baxter Air Base wear M81 Woodland uniforms that was standard-issue during the 1980s. The same seems to carry over into GTA San Andreas, although an urban camouflage pair of trousers can be purchased in Binco, soldiers are never seen wearing them. In Vice City Stories, the outfit seems to resemble an M81 Woodland Pattern, aside from that worn by Corporal Victor Vance, who instead wears an untucked tan t-shirt with standard trousers, no patrol cap, and unbloused boots. In GTA V, there are two different types of uniforms. The infantrymen wear a uniform with a camouflage pattern that closely resembles the Universal Camouflage Pattern, modern U.S. Army standard issue uniform, but the pattern in game is not digitized. The Air Force pilots wear a green flight suit, similar to in real life. However, these flight suits do not have any proper insignia or badges. So far, the outfits are not purchasable in any available store, although trousers of such can be bought in GTA San Andreas, which come in Woodland and Urban patterns. While the Army Fatigues can be re-unlocked in Vice City Stories, they do not resemble what the other soldiers wear, making Vic Vance stand out.

The Military in GTA V have two sets of uniform, the first one being the standard uniform used by the patrolling troops in Fort Zancudo, the outfit itself is simply basic camouflage and occasionally the soldier will wear a Marine Corps style 5-point utility cover as well. The other uniform is seen in the missions: The Paleto Score and Monkey Business, the troops in these missions will wear complete combat gear including a kelvar helmet (and or a gas mask in Monkey Business), body armor, and knee pads. This variant also appears driving Rhino Tanks defending Fort Zancudo, and may rarely spawn out of Rhinos, near the smaller control tower. Air Force pilots can also be found at Fort Zancudo, taking off or landing with P-996 LAZERs or Titans. Pilots with helmets are encountered in Minor Turbulence.

Another kind of uniform, seen only on U.S. Navy sailors stationed on the USS Luxington ATT-16, is an off-duty uniform which consists of simply a t-shirt and trousers with or without blue digital camouflage. They are also seen wearing flight suits.


Top-down games


GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas

GTA Liberty City Stories

GTA Vice City Stories




  • The Military are not in Grand Theft Auto IV. This is believed to be because Rockstar planned on making GTA IV realistic unlike San Andreas' over-the-top style. Although the Military reappeared in Grand Theft Auto V, they are not used as law enforcement or sent after the player for crimes except in the mission "The Paleto Score" in which at some point the Army will show up with soldiers and tanks to fight the player, or if the player is in or near the base.

3D Universe

  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the soldiers at the Fort Baxter Air Base are considered to be part of the Streetwannabe's gang, and the cops will pursue them as they do with Street Criminals and gangs. Soldiers will not fight back If they are attacked by fist or a melee weapon, but will kill off all the cops that are attacking them if the cops pull out their pistols and shoot at them. This also happens with any law enforcement members in Vice City, except the Army who pursues the player at a six-star wanted level, although this kind of Army will also attack the Soldiers who appear at Fort Baxter.
  • Victor Vance is the only protagonist who has served in the U.S. military. However, Niko Bellic has served in the Serbian military.
  • The main Military Bases are as follows: Fort Baxter Air Base (GTA Vice City), Easter Basin/Area 69 (GTA San Andreas), and Fort Zancudo (GTA V). Despite the Army having a attack helicopter in the 3D Universe games, so far no Soldiers use them, except for scripted circumstances.

HD Universe

  • The military seen in Grand Theft Auto V appears to be a mix of the Army, Marines and Air Force, as they wear Army pattern camouflage, and they refer to themselves as both "soldiers" and Marines. Air Force personnel are also present and wear flight suits.
  • In GTA Online missions, various enemy gangs and Merryweather mercenaries will use the same dialogue lines as the soldiers from single player. Their dialog then may become strange as they regularly shout, "I'm a fucking Marine!"
    • The aforementioned quote could mean most of the military seen in GTA V are Marines. This is also supported by one of the quotes, "Semper Fi," which is short for Semper Fidelis, the U.S. Marines' motto, green undershirts, the 5-point utility cover and rolled sleeves worn by some troops, and the Cargobob that reads "MARINES" on it.
  • Despite not being law enforcement, the military in Grand Theft Auto V have very similar AI to Cops and NOOSE, not shooting, but busting players at 1 star; however, they will switch their weapon to a pistol before performing a vehicular arrest.
  • Though the military do not normally attack the player at any wanted level in GTA V, there are exceptions. If the player attempts to talk to a soldier standing in front of the Fort Zancudo memorial, they will push, and threaten them. If the player doesn't walk away, the soldier will pull out his Carbine Rifle and open fire. When the player enters Fort Zancudo: an alarm will sound and all units will be told to kill the player. An automatic four-star wanted level is also given.
    • Though hard, it is possible to lose the wanted level by hiding in certain bunkers in the northern part of the base. If you effectively lose your wanted level, the soldiers may pull out a phone.
  • Something to note is if the player is close to Fort Zancudo and has a wanted level, the military will be sent out instead of the police.
  • The military as stated above will attack the player even if they are not in Fort Zancudo but within range of it. The vehicles sent out are mainly Crusaders and Barracks but if the player continues to kill the Army soldiers, Rhino tanks are then sent out.
  • Soldiers on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game can be seen wearing real life army division insignia such as 101st Airborne & 1st Cavalry. However, this is replaced by Rockstar-Made divisions in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game, apparently to avoid copyright issues, and branch tapes are also incorrect; "Army" is seen instead of "U.S. Army," and it's featured on the left side instead of the right.


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Introduced in GTA IV: LCPD-GTA4-logo LCPDState police logo ASPLiberty-City-Port-Authority-Logo-1 LCPANOOSE-GTA4-logo NOOSEFIB logo FIB
Introduced in GTA CW: IAD
Introduced in GTA V: Lossantos seal LSPDLSCS logo LSSDIAA-GTAV-Seal IAASAHP SAHPPark Ranger Flicken SAPRThe Port Authority of Los Santos Logo GTAV LSPA
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Introduced in GTA Online: DOA logo GTA V DOA

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