Training of Para Special Forces Operatives – All You Need To Know
The Training of Special Forces Operatives. The Indian Army Parachute Regiment Elite Special Forces are considered one of the most specialized and trained Special Forces in the World. The Parachute Regiment selects the recruits through a tough Probation Period and Intense Special Forces Training. After successfully completing the Training, the Airborne Warriors are awarded the Coveted Balidaan Badge. The Special Forces soldiers are trained in many institutions of the Indian Army. The List of training centers of Special Forces are:
1. Parachute Regiment Training Centre PRTC
The recruits of the Parachute Regiment are trained at PRTC, Bangalore. The Parachute Regimental Centre is also located in Bangalore. The initial phases of training are imparted to the young recruits of the Para Regiment.
2. Special Forces Training School Nahan
The Special Forces Training School is located in Nahan, Himachal Pradesh. The Specialized training for Special Force is conducted in SFTS Nahan. The Operatives are imparted training in operating in Small Squads, Demolition Methods, Communication and Medical First Aid.
3. Commando School Belgaum
The Operatives of Special Forces are trained in Commando School Belgaum. The 35 days course is designed to train the Soldiers in Unarmed combat, Navigation, Cliff Climbing, Intense Physical Activities, Heliborne, and Commando Insertion.
4. Paratroopers Training School Agra
The Paratroopers Training School is located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. The training module includes the Para basic course. The trainee must complete 5 Para Jumps including one jump with battle load at night. The paratroopers who graduate from PTS are awarded Coveted with the Para Wings. The Officers of the Parachute Regiment also do their Refresher course at PTS, Agra. The Akash Ganga Skydiving Team of the Indian Air Force is also based at Paratroopers Training School in Agra.
5. Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School CIJWS, Vairengte
The School trains the soldiers/officers in Jungle/Guerilla Warfare, Counter Insurgency, Jungle Survival, and Jungle Ambush Attacks. The training module includes Identifying and defusing the Improvise Explosive Device (IED) and counter Terrorism. Various exercises are conducted to familiarise the soldiers with real-time scenarios. A little part of every unit serving in the North-Eastern region goes under the specialized training at CIJWS. The 21 Para SF is also known as Waghnaks are trained specially in the CIJWS. The school also trains the Paramilitary forces and special units of police forces serving in the North Eastern Region.
6. High Altitude Warfare School, Gulmarg
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 Dhola is conducted to train the personnel on the real-time scenarios of Mountain Warfare. The Day 1&2 of exercise consists of 30 Kms trekking in the Himalayas Ranges. Day 3 is the Cliff Assault on a designated target.
7. Diving School (IN), Kochi
The Special Forces Operatives are imparted training in Diving and Aquatic Operations. The soldiers are Trained in INS Venduruthy, Diving School of Indian Navy. The Para SF Soldiers are trained with Garuds and Marcos. The training module includes Surface and Underwater Work Up drills, Confidence Building drills and emergency and evacuation drills, and Combat Diving.
Apart from Institutions in India, the operatives are trained with US Marines, British SAS, and other Special Forces of Friendly Nations.
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