There are Special Forces and then there are Really Good Special Forces. MACOS are part of the latter. The Indian Navy’s elite special forcespecialize in everything from counter-terrorism to underwater operations and sabotage to anti-piracy ops.
The Elites – known for their lethality and uber professionalism, they are probably one of the Elite Forces in the Whole World.
Thanks to this wide field of operation, they have not only served on the high seas but also been called in during Op Vijay, better known as the Kargil War.
They didn’t become the best of the best with just normal training.
Their training is harder than Army Paratroopers or any western forces. A MARCOS Cadet went to the US Navy SEALS training and topped the course which has an attrition rate of 90%.
MARCOS live up to their Motto “The Few the Fearless” and their Rigorous Training makes them so.
Here are 16 Things MARCOS do in their Training:
1. Their Day begins with 20 Kilometre Run
Evey MARCOS Trainee gets up and runs.Not just small distances, he runs 20 km and that too before having Breakfast. Yes, Thats their Daily Routine.
2. Night Trecks with 60-kilo Load
The trainess Trek for 20 kilometres carrying 60 kilos. That include Carrying a weapon and a Backpack loaded with weights.This is after a day that started with a 20 kilometre run in the morning.
3. All training is conducted with live ammunition
If there is friendly fire, your friend is dead. They teach the commandoes to be extremely careful and truly respect the weapons they are carrying.
4. All personnel who want to try for MARCOS are qualified for a Para Jumps
Every MACOS Trainee is required to be able to Para Jump from an Aircraft. All are Qualified for Static Line Jumps whereas as Few are Qualified for HALO and HAHO Jumps.
HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) – Jump from 11 kilometres above the earth, but opening of the parachute is close to the ground.
HAHO (High Altitude High opening) – Jump from 8 kilometres, but opening of the parachute is 10-15 seconds after the jump.
At 8 kilometres of height, the temperature is a freezing -40 degrees Celsius.
5. They are supposed to walk 120 kilometres with a 60-kilo load on their backs Once every week
And the 120 kilometres are expected to be covered in a specified duration – that is, there is a time limit to it. If you fail – you get out.
Like the US Seals, the MARCOS also have Hell’s Week. It goes like this:
6. The entire week consists of continuous training with over 20 hours in a day spent in continuous physical exertion
Yes! For one week a Trainees has to go through contentious training that lasts up to 20 hours without a break. No Rest.Just Train till you clear or Train till you Drop.
7. They get less than 4 hours of sleep in the course of the week, and the daily physical tasks happen every day
Yes…Training 20 hours a day wasn’t enough, they are only permitted to sleep for 4 hours.No, Not 4 Hrs a Day, they are permitted to sleep only for 4 hours in the entire week.That is just over half an hour of sleep in a day. That’s all.
8. In the end, they are asked to run trough thigh-high thick mud with a 25-kilo backpack
If you didn’t know, running through mud is extremely difficult and will exhaust your energy reserves before you know it. Add to that a 25-kilo backpack and it is genuine hell.
9. And then comes a 2.5-kilometer obstacle course that even good soldiers would fail
Every trainee has to go through a 2.5 km obstacle course right after the Mud Run.
10.Trainees are supposed to shoot a target with a buddy soldier right beside it from 25 meters away
When the soldier is utterly exhausted, even to lift a rifle, he is supposed to shoot a target that has his buddy soldier standing right next to it.
If the soldier misses – he fails.
If the soldier doesn’t shoot – he fails.
More than 90% of the applicants drop out because of the rigorous course they are put through.And the Training has not even started yet! This was just a probation period to check whether he is even fit for even being called a MARCOS Operative
11. Advanced training lasts for 2 years and more.
After the initial weeding, the people who stay over are given advanced and specialised training.
12. They are put through high altitude warfare(fighting in the cold), jungle warfare (fighting in the jungles), mountain warfare (fighting in the mountains)
They are not Marine Commandos in the true sense. They can fight anywhere on the planet.MARCOS are trained to operate in any terrain.Mountains,Plains,Forests,Sea..You name it
13. They are taught to fire their guns lying down, in full sprint and a full backwards sprint. Also, they are taught to shoot looking in a mirror
This is to make them extremely proficient in sharp shooting.
14. They are expected to have a reaction time of 0.27 seconds
They are expected to be at their peak, and their training makes sure they do
15. The Demotivated a lot
Throughout their Training, Their Instructors will constantly demotivate them and tell them to Quit.They are encouraged to quit. This is done to check their dedication and willpower.
16. They have proficiency in foreign languages like Arabic, Mandarin so that they can gather foreign intelligence.
They are the most well-trained force in the country and can deal with everything that is thrown at them. This is why they are so secretive. Nobody knows their identities and they look like regular people, as the regular armed forces haircut and uniform is not compulsory for them.
They have helped India out in every major national threat we faced – from the Kargil war to the Mumbai attacks and have always proved their mettle by the success they show.
Unnamed and uncredited, they are the silent protectors of our country.