Who are PARA Commandos?

PARA Commandos are Indian Army's special forces created in the year 1966. During the India-Pakistan War of 1965, a small ad hoc force comprising volunteers from most infantry units from North India under Major Megh Singh of the Brigade of the Guards, operated along and behind enemy lines.

Forming the nucleus of the new force from the volunteers of the then-disbanded Meghdoot Force, a battalion was raised to be part of the Brigade of Guards, but para trooping being an integral part of commando tactics, the unit was transferred to the Parachute Regiment. Raised in July 1966, 9th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (Commando) was the first special operations unit.

The main aim of a Parachute Regiment is quick deployment of soldiers behind enemy lines to attack the enemy from behind and destroy their first line of defence. They are also mandated with missions such as special operations, direct action, hostage rescue, counter-terrorism, unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defence, counter-proliferation, counter-insurgency, seek and destroy and personnel recovery.

The Parachute Regiment has, in addition to their participation in other countries, formed part of the United Nation Operations in Gaza and Korea too. Today, the regiment is perhaps the only one in the Indian Army to have taken part in every theatre and every operation in and outside the country.

The name “RED DEVILS” was given to them by the soldiers of the German African Corps fighting against them in Africa. The name “RED” came from the “MAROON BERET” that the paratroopers wear, and which is now a trade mark for all the paratroopers around the world.


Find out about the rigorous training a PARA commando must undergo.

To Reflect Upon

bulletWhy does the modern world need special forces such as these?