Question about army training programs

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  1. mandojedi

    mandojedi New Member

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    Hi, I have been reading about the various infantry schools of the Indian Army like HAWS, CIJWS and the Corps Battle School. I have also seen a video of the Commando course at Belgaum. From what I understand, all infantry officers have to go the Commando school...am I right? Then after that, do they get to pick the other schools through their careers (or of course does the Army send them if it wants to)? Or do the other schools depend on their particular battalion/division they belong to? In other words, some batts/divs go the CIJWS and others go to HAWS, etc... depending on what kind of batt/div they are. Like I can understand a Mountain Infantry unit sending its people to HAWS.

    Along those lines, can an officer (or enlisted) go to the other schools as well? Or do they have to transfer units?

    And at what point does a soldier get the "Special Forces" tab? Or is there another school for that?

    Please forgive me if I am asking obvious questions but while I have had an interest in the Indian Military for some time, I have only recently tried to dig in and learn more detail.
     
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  3. lemontree

    lemontree Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    The Commando course is mandatory for all infantry officers. The HAWS (Hi-Altitute warfare school) & CIJW (Counter-insurgency and Jungle Warfare school) are specialist instututes of instruction. The officer may chose to attend these courses after his has completed the Cdo course - it also depends on how sadistic he is and how much of buggery he enjoys.8)

    Course vacancies are sent to the units and the volunteers or those in line are sent for it. It does not matter where the unit is deployed.

    Anyone in the army can opt for these courses.
    This is reserved for members of the Parachute Regts special forces battalions. There is a 3 month probabtion period, where the new officers and men are put through a routine that will look like torture to most civilians. Once the probabtion is complete, a confrence is held, were it is discussed if the officer fits into the unit. Only if all officers/ JCOs agree, is the officer / OR retained. It is only then that they can wear the maroon beret and the SF tabs.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    The vacancy of courses are sent by the Military Training Directorate to the Commands.

    From the Commands it is distributed to the Division and from the Divisions to the Brigades and then from the Brigade to the units.

    There are specialised career course, the selection of which is by name and as per the career profile, like Long Gunnery Staff Course, Senior Command, Higher Command, Defence Management Course and so on.
     
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    mandojedi New Member

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    Thanks for the reply lemontree and Ray. Is there a place I can read or watch more about these schools? I have seen the Youtube videos of the Commando school. It was a presentation made for BBC and I think it was like 6 or so years ago so I am sure they have updated things. I have also seen the NDTV Jai Hind series with Rocky and Mayur; also on Youtube. Anything else that can be recommended? Also about any other schools that I probably don't know about including from the other services or joint services?
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    I think PM (Private Message) Kunal.

    He is the last word on all these military videos!
     

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