Special Forces in India – All You Should Know

Special Forces India

India has a few very difficult neighboring countries. In this case, having a full proof security is a must for us. And for this we have Indian Special Forces. But unfortunately, we don’t know much about them.

So, here in this article, we will tell you about the Indian Special Forces that safeguard us and our country.

· Para Commando

Para Commando is a special force which is a part of a highly trained Parachute Regiment of the Indian Army. This special force came into existence in 1966 during Indo-Pakistan war 1965. It is one of the oldest airborne units in the world. Para Commandos are highly trained and physically and mentally fit army persons. They are trained for running many kilometers and man-to-man assault. If required the Para Commandos can even have a free fall from 33,500 feet at belligerent areas. Apart from this, they have good knowledge of war terrain and they are good deep sea drivers also. Para Commandos’ training involves sleep deprivation, extreme mental and physical torture.


Marcos, also known as Marine Commandos are India’s most deadly commando force. This Indian Navy raise Marcos Commando in 1987. The purpose of forming the Macros is to counter-terrorism and direct action. The Marcos are trained to kill their enemy in any terrain but they are masters in maritime warfare. Marcos training is tough like hell. Most of the soldiers bid goodbye to this special commando force in the first phase of the training.  And the rest have to face 5 weeks long training which is known as ‘hell’s week’. During this training, commandos have to face the extreme torture and training.  The last phase of training includes the 800-meter long thigh-high mud crawl called the ‘death crawl’. But this tough training made them a part of world’s one of the best special forces.


COBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) was formed in 2008 by the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force). The aim behind the formation of this force was to counter Naxalism in India. COBRA commandos are well trained specially in guerrilla warfare.

· Garud Commando Force

Garud Commando force is an Indian Air Forces’ special force. This force is named after a divine, Indian mythological bird Garuda. Established in 2003, Garud commando force is trained to immediate response to any terror strike on the air base. With over 2,000 commandos the training tenure of Garud is 3 years which is one of the longest training periods for Indian Special Force.  Unlike other special forces, in Garud civilians get selected and undergo the training procedure which is tough like anything.

· Ghatak Force

Ghatak is a Hindi word which means ‘Killer’. Ghatak was formed in 2010. This force is special operations infantry platoon. This force leads man-to-man assaults ahead of a battalion. The Ghatak soldiers are well trained and well armed. They have the master skills in dealing with a hostage situation, terror strike and counter-insurgency operations. The Ghatak Army Platoon has approx 20 Ghatak soldiers. These 20 soldiers are amongst the most physically fit and mentally strong soldiers.

· National Security Guard

National Security Guard (NSG) also known as Black Cat Commando was established in 1984. This commando force was involved in Operation Blue Star. It’s a special unit of Special Forces that comes under the home ministry. NSG commandos are top 5 in the worlds’ elite Special Forces. It has approx 7,500 personnel that are divided into Special Action Group (SAG) and the Special Rangers Group (SRG).

Indian Special Forces are among the world’s best Special Forces. The training for these Special Forces is so tough that attrition rate is approx 70-80% in all the Special Forces.

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