- Jul 11, 2011
All officers of all branches are fully qualified to undertake jobs that they are trained for, work for and are exposed to. Be it Engineers, Signals, artillery or Infantry... every body has a job description and so does an SF officer.Oh i didnt know we were talking about haircuts by barber and underwear washing by dhoobi.
I thought we are talking about how non qualified a Para SF officer is to lead a Brigade or a Div as suggested by you.
And going by your primitive logic of things may i know how well did your ASC or Infantry battalions perform in IPKF?
Or Maybe the Maldives ops..or why dont you share on this thread how SF units are the only hope in some ops if you have seen some?
You compare a SF unit to a Infantry unit and show your bias and knowledge of things.
And like i said..there is no Inf bat whose Major will ever advice a GOC about OPS..not dhoobi ghaat..Freaking OPS.
Yet all of them do not command units they have been working in for 15-16 years because there are no so many vacancies. Resultantly there is a selection system and comparative merit. That merit consists of his operational performance, his courses and gradings, his exposure to the environment such as being exposed to G1 or AQ of a brigade, a tenure in MO, Div HQ or being on ERE with Assam Rifles, RR, SG or SFF or NSG etc. Naturally an officer who gains merit due to all these factor gets selected.
Arms or Job specialization ends with the Command of a company and then a battalion. After that there is very few job specialization Brigs and generals. For SF there are none and there can not be any. An SF specialization should end with a Lt Col and by about 35 -40 years of age whether he is an officer or a Jawan,
After a Colonels rank, an SF Officer has be a general cadre officers and it is at that stage he needs to found in the comparative merit of training, exposures and experience in applying formations in all arms and all-terrain combat. It is at this stage an SF colonel lags behind due to his SF specialization and lack of adequate exposure to other things. A Brigadier or Maj Gen will not employ SF but all other Arms and Services.
It is a hopeless case to suggest that an SF officer be given command of an Infantry battalion or a Brigade when he has not served in an infantry battalion even for a day...
US SOF or British SAS and all SOF officers all around the world by majority fade away as Majors. No one allows an US SOF officer to command a marine battalion or US Infantry battalions. Even the SSG officers in an environment like that of Pakistan do not enjoy that luxury.
Roman generals were never gladiators... there is nothing new in it and there is nothing unique that happens in the Indian Army except that all SF officer enjoy the unique status of being counted as Infantry cadre officers and provided abundant opportunities in spit of the majority of them not knowing anything about Infantry,,
What happens to my Akhada pahalwan around 35 - 40 is what happens to an SF officer,,,
That is about all... let us not tread further in some superior quality, superior IQ and superhuman nonsense because that is less than truth..