Wednesday, April 9, 2008

More Special Forces join the fray

The few, the proud, the SLA Special Forces

True to their motto Determined, Dared and Done (Adhishtanayen, Abheethawa, Aramuna kara), the largest batch of the Sri Lanka Army's Special Forces Brigade passed out in flying colours at the Maduru Oya Special Forces Training School. A total of 309 officers and men passed out from the school at a quiet function attended by family and friends of the trainees.

The men were part of a course intake of around 600 hand selected fresh recruits into the Army. Around half of the intake were unable to complete the grueling training which involves a physical conditioning program, compass march, confidence jump, armed and unarmed combat, survival, marksmanship, camouflage and concealment etc.

The new recruits will be enlisted to 1,2 and 3 Special Forces Regiments in due course, where they will further specialise in various chosen fields, some will even receive foreign training. Another batch of around 300 Special Forces are to pass out in August-September of this year.

Meanwhile the Maduru Oya Combat Training School (two schools) is also training around 600 Sri Lanka Air Force ground troops following inadequacies in training highlighted in Katunayake and Anuradhapura airbase attacks. These recruits are also expected to graduate very soon.

The CTS and the Uva Kuda Oya CRTS recently trained a contingent of the Maldivian Security Forces. The Maduru Oya CTS was also home to a US Marines training program.

17 comments:

Sam Perera said...

This is our nations pride. May triple gems bless these brave and smart men.

Moshe Dyan said...
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Moshe Dyan said...

I disagree with the slogan in the poster. However, it is a practical reality that freedom has a price.

These guys are too precious to lose, even to get injured.

May God Bless them and bring them back safely.

Sri Lanka is our land from the Southern tip to the Northern tip. It is legally and constitutionally ours and ours only. So there is no need to die for our land.

NO DYING FOR OUR LAND, LET THEM DIE FOR THEIRS!

Tigers may be literally shiting knowing that the elite forces are expanding at a stagering rate.

Suicide will be the only thing left to the LTTE pretty soon.

Side Effect said...

Wareh, Waah! :D

RomeoAlphaFoxtrot said...

From the Island Editorial - food for thought

The LTTE is being given undue credit for the effectiveness of its suicide attacks and other terror strikes which could have been easily avoided. Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka wouldn’t have suffered serious injury in a blast at the Army Headquarters in April 2006, had he been in his bullet proof vehicle at that time or had everyone been properly frisked before being allowed into that facility. President Kumaratunga became a sitting duck as she had to walk up to her car after the Town Hall rally in 1999. President Premadasa wouldn’t have perished in 1993, if he had not stood at a junction. A barrier would have helped save the lives of about one hundred navy personnel who were killed, when an LTTE bomber rammed a transit point with a truck laden with explosives, at Habarana in October 2006. The Air Force would have been able to thwart last year’s LTTE attack on its Anuradhapura Base, if the peripheral fence had been properly guarded. The sprawling Elephant Pass Base, which fell to the LTTE in April 2000, had its main source of water—two wells—located outside. The LTTE captured them, cutting off the water supply to the camp. The rest is history. These are only a few of the many disasters the country has suffered due to downright stupidity of the military, the police, the VIP security divisions etc. They have been wrongly attributed to the LTTE’s efficiency!

http://www.island.lk/2008/04/09/editorial.html

Navindran said...

I am suprised that fresh recruits are taken into special forces. Defencewire, the normal practice in most forces is to take them from active servicemen who have proven themselves, then specially trained.

The SAS for example returns the active men back to the units once the mission is completed. Or is the SL special forces more like the American Green Beret.

RomeoAlphaFoxtrot, The island can tell everything it wants. The enemy always finds the weakest link to attack. This has been the case like the Germans using the Ardent Forrest to attack Belgium to France. No one thought the armour could be sued through such thick forrest.

In Bastonge, if the germans who were numerically/logistically/armed superior to the 101st Airbone has attacked all at one go instead of piecemeal attacks, the germans could have reached Dunkirk.

Jasaya said...

Defence Wire,
Thank you for the updates...
Both 571 & 572 brigades could be seen in the map & they approach from the south of Madhu.Then who operates at Palampiddi? Is it 573 or part of 571? IF so could you pls explain where they started & how they reached there?

extreme said...

Best of luck of for the BEST OF THE BEST!

Ninja said...

As I know the usual practice is to recruit to SF from other units. But given the demand I giuess SF has expanded their limits so that new comers also welcome.

So is it 50% the completion rate for SF?
How about commando and reguler SLA?

Moshey
Don't take the direct meaning of those words. That is litriture and you need to interpret it in 'correct' way.

BlackHawk said...

With elite units it is very important to remember the concept of QUALITY NOT QUANTITY!!!

I guess the battlefield losses must be greater than the numbers publicised...sigh..

chamal said...

ninja,

"As I know the usual practice is to recruit to SF from other units."

SF, Commando and STF all recruit people directly. If you're in SL you'd see the tv and newspaper advertisements from time to time. Maybe they're also taking people from other regiments as well, I don't know.

Defencewire said...

The direct recruitment is like this. The soldiers are first enlisted into the regular Army as regulars and under go 3mos training before basic SF course.They then have another 3mos course (we call it Yaka Mark gahanawa), which is on jungle warfare etc. Once that is complete they can, depending on availability of slots and personal merit, go on to do marksman/advanced marksman, para (even HALO in India/Pakistan), all arms and infantry weapons, advanced trekker and pathfinder course, combat diver course (3SF), US Army Ranger, Green Beret course, etc etc. Once all that is complete, you are a well rounded officer/soldier in the SF

On Madhu

571 is going towards palampiddi and also Madhu (north and south). Palampiddi-Veduthalthivu will be a vital route and also, capturing palampiddi will surround Madhu, although LTTE have now almost abandoned Madhu right now.

Puffy said...

SF Guys are my Heroes! :-)
I just love them... they are a special breed!

DefenceWire,
I hear stories that the SF recently suffered some
unexpected casualties and that there is an inquiry
going on... any idea about this story?

Btw guys, don't worry... these casualties are in single
digits... but apparently, by SF standards, that too is
considered too high!

sldf said...

Defencewire,

Is this result of regular SF recruitment drive or as a result of special SF operations in time to come?

Haven't heard of Navy SBS lately. Are they still active in Trincomalee district?

Anyways good to see more SF troops on the ground. Once 61 division also comes into the picture. It'll be a big boost to the Army.

Defencewire said...

ninja,
Those ratios are true for this batch, but it is not a constant. The last SF batch to pass out were 99 officers and men already serving and from other units. The pass-out ratio was less than 25%. These new recruits go directly into the SF mother unit. The same inconsistent ratio applies to Commando and other regular units.

blackhawk,
Actually the publicized numbers are pretty closer to the truth now after a bunch of young officers took over the MCNS.

puffy
No such casualties. They are doing very well. SF suffered real casualties after a suicidal deployment to halt ceaseless waves. They have come a log way since then thanks to better leadership and morale.

RomeoAlphaFoxtrot said...

The Defence TOP Brass all at the same location! Defence Secretary, the 3 service chiefs, the CDS and the IGP all at the funeral of JF -

http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20080409_06

Why do they still travel together? The last thing we want is our defence top brass to be eliminated in one single blow

TropicalStorm said...

Slogans can be a double edged sword.

This particular one can mean freedom can only be achieved by spillin the blood of the Sinhalese, a justification for terror.

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