What is High Altitude Warfare School [HAWS] Of Indian Army
High Altitude Warfare School HAWS is a Category A training Institute of the Indian Army. HAWS trains the personnel in Mountain warfare and Ice/Snow Crafting. The School is located at Gulmarg in Jammu & Kashmir. The soldiers posted in Siachen Glacier and other High Altitude Areas are trained in HAWS.
The School was established in 1948 as 19th Infantry Division Ski School. In the following years, the school came to be known as High Altitude Warfare School in 1962. The school is also responsible for research activities in the High Altitude Region. In Kargil war, the instructors of HAWS tied the ropes in the heights of Kargil and helped the Infantry soldiers to charge on enemies.
The training at HAWS is conducted in two phases
- Basic course – 7 weeks
- Advanced course – 4 weeks
The school trains soldiers and officers in High Altitude Warfare, Snow Cliff Climbing, Mountain Survival Skills and Ice Crafting. The Haws Trains the Indian Army personnel for winter sports also. Trekking and Physical Activities are conducted for the trainees to keep them acclimatized. Exercise Veer Dola is conducted to train the personnel on real time scenario of Mountain Warfare. The Day 1&2 of the exercise consists of 30 Kms trekking in the Himalayas Ranges. The Day 3 is the Cliff Assault on designated target.
The Army personnel of friendly nations are also trained at HAWS. The specialized team of HAWS is always ready for the any kind of rescue operations in the Himalayan Ranges.
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