Commando School Belgaum is one of the premier training institutes of the Indian Army, where young soldiers and officers are trained with commando training. All trainees of Commando School Belgaum join the Ghatak platoon of their Unit after graduating from the school.
Commando course is a basic yet essential course for every young officer of the Indian Army. The motive of commando training is to fill the officers with maximum physical and mental energy. It is also essential to instill the feeling that YES YOU CAN DO IT.
For all infantry officers, commando course at Belgaum is mandatory. Commandos are trained in endurance, escape and evasion, guerrilla, and commando warfare techniques. Every Infantry battalion of the Indian Army has a Ghatak Army Platoon that consists of 20 personnel.
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Officers of other arms and services and even some foreign officers undertake the course.
The training duration of Ghatak Commando course is 35 Days or simply Five weeks. Every individual who volunteered to join the Ghatak Platoon undergo specialized training in demolition, navigation, close-quarter battle, rock climbing, and heliborne assault. The entire course is conducted in Commando School, Belgaum.
Training at Commando School Belgaum
“We make men out of boys,” – reads a massive board at the entrance of the Commando Wing (CW). The training includes-
- Lido Jump
- Commando Slide
- Jumping from High Walls
- Walk on narrow platforms
- Slithering from helicopters
- Rock Climbing
- Endurance Runs (10 to 40km)
- Battle obstacle course
- Combat firing
- Lecture Demonstration
“Maj Gen Chandra Shekhar, Commander, JLW, says that passing the commando course is just one milestone a soldier crosses. We impart special skills using the most-optimum use of ground, and they get sharpened when the commandos repeat the process again and again. It’s all about how much extremes your body and mind can handle. No two situations in life or war can be similar”.
Not everyone gets through; it’s all about romancing dangers and risks. It’s all about feeling for the nation.