MARCOS or Marine Commandos (previously known as the Marine Commando Force or MCF) is a Special Forces unit of Indian Navy which was established in 1987. This elite force is one of the best in the world, and comprises marine commandos who have been trained for special reconnaissance, direct action and all kinds of amphibious warfare. You may have been in awe of the US Navy Seals, but we can tell you with pride that the guys at MARCOS are no less (and probably ahead of them).
If you think that’s an easy feat, imagine for a moment surging waters, spray of bullets and any such extreme situation.
It’s not just the oceans they rule. Their parent department might be the Indian Navy, but these men are fully trained to be deployed in all kinds of warfare.
The selection criteria for becoming a part of MARCOS is extremely high. Even if you are lucky enough to be selected, you have to go through a rigorous training which lasts almost three years. Mostly, men in their twenties are chosen for this profile.
The first phase of the training consists of a physical assessment which takes three days; there is an aptitude test too. Upon clearing this stage, candidates’ physical endurance, pain, tolerance to cold and mental toughness is tested.
The actual training starts after the HELL week.
Majority of the training takes place here. The other major centres for training are located in Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Vishakhapatnam, and Port Blair.
The Indian Sailor
MARCOS are trained for every possible warfare on this planet. Be it close-circuit diving, weapon skills, martial arts or para training, a MARCOS sailor knows it all.
After all, these men are trained for everything from anti-hijacking to anti-piracy operations. They can also handle all kinds of counter insurgency operations.
Basically you can drop these men from the sky into the sea or on the land and expect them to unleash hell upon the enemies.
Rigorous training takes place in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Mizoram for such operations.
This only speaks of their caliber and extreme prowess in the matter of wars.
Indian and Russian joint special ops Navy team Wikimedia Commons
The Israeli TAR-21, one of the finest assault rifles in the world, is their favourite toy. Their combat uniform is at par with any other commando forces of the world.
The MARCOS sport a beard when undertaking civil unrests. This tactic was adopted from Israel and is called ‘ ista’arvim’. When they sport a beard and wear local Kashmiri suits called ‘Pheren’ the terrorist often mistake them as locals.
They had joined the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka for Operation Pawan, and helped in capturing the harbors of Jaffna and Trincomalee. During the Operation Cactus, they defended Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom from a coup.
Due to their vigil, the terrorists now need to travel 100 kms through the high mountains, if they wish to infiltrate (and get killed by other soldiers protecting the interior areas).