Amazing Facts You Should Know About The Rashtriya Rifles
Hello Defence Lovers, The Rashtriya Rifles or RR is a branch of the Indian Army under the authority of the Indian Ministry of Defence. The RR is a counter-insurgency force made up of soldiers deputed from other parts of the Indian Army. The force is currently deployed in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Rashtriya Rifles’s contribution to peace and stability in Jammu and Kashmir is immeasurable. In this article we have provided some amazing facts about the Rashtriya Rifles which will make you swell with pride.
- To reduce the commitment of Army on internal security duties, the Rashtriya Rifles (RR) has been at the forefront in counter-insurgency (CI) operations.
- Since the RR are under the authority of Ministry of Defence, and furthermore were initially designated “paramilitary” to get around an army manpower ceiling, they are sometimes misidentified as part of the Paramilitary Forces of India.
- In actuality however, they are a force completely composed of Indian Army personnel, who undergo pre-induction training and operate in a grid structure to deal with insurgents at high altitudes.
- Indian strategists believed that in the event of a war, the 40,000-strong Rashtriya Rifles would protect the lines of communication and supplies from terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.
- Made up of troops posted on deputation from the Army, the Rashtriya Rifles was meant to ensure that India’s LoC divisions could do their job, engaging Pakistan, unhindered by guerilla action.
- This is the only regiment where troops from the Infantry and other arms and services operate together to combat terrorism under a common RR banner.
- Each battalion comprises six rifle companies. The infantry component comprises sixty per cent troops while that of other arms forms twenty five per cent.
- The remaining fifteen per cent troops comprises task oriented troops from various services to provide the logistic back-up to the RR battalion.
- The reputation of Rashtriya Rifles as a specialised anti-terrorist force has a tremendous impact on the militant’s psyche who avoid any kind of direct confrontation with RR troops.
- Secondly, due to the proactive nature of operations conducted by well-trained and well-equipped troops, militants lost a number of their cadres, arms and equipment which was a grave setback to them.Such pressures against the militants have been continuously maintained by RR troops in a relentless manner.
- The motivation of all ranks to perform better has it roots in various factors such as a sense of pride to get selected in a special force with a separate identity, dress and organisation.
- Each individual is given here the opportunity to prove his mettle in operational field.
- They always lead from the front, thereby setting an example for others to emulate.
- The fact that they have neutralised more than 7000 terrorists, captured more than 6000 weapons of all types and won more than 2000 honours and awards speaks volumes of this organisation.
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Dress Code & Motto:
- The Regiment has a distinct dress code, akin to a rifle regiment.
- Its badge depicts two crossed AK-47 rifles with fixed bayonets atop which is the coveted Ashoka Chakra.
- Beneath, in a banner, is emblazoned the motto of this force – Dridhta aur Virta.
- Incidentally, the AK-47 is the main personal weapon of this force.
- The achievements of RR have been laudable indeed. Amongst its plethora of honours and awards won are one Ashoka Chakra, 10 Kirti Chakra, 53 Shaurya Chakra and 300 Sena Medals.
- Among the awardees on Republic Day this year were Lt Gen Avtar Singh, the former Director General and Colonel of the Rashtriya Rifles who was bestowed with the coveted Param Vishisht Seva Medal for distinguished service of an exceptionally high order.
- This award has also been conferred to Lt Gen RS Kadyan who was the Director General and Colonel of the Rashtriya Rifles.
- Sixteen units of the Rashtriya Rifles have been conferred with the coveted Chief of Army Staff’s Unit Citation as well.
- As there is more permanence in the deployment of RR formations and units, they have a better rapport with the locals to gain more authentic flow of intelligence.
- As a result of all these factors, the junior leaders of RR battalions are able to take greater risks, often at the cost of their own lives to attain their operational goals.
- The RR was raised as a paramilitary force and it was envisaged that its personnel, like the Assam Rifles, would consist of regular army volunteers on deputation, ex-servicemen and lateral inductees from various paramilitary forces and central police organisations.
- However, this didn’t work out. Instead, each infantry regiment of the Indian Army has at least two RR battalions, and soldiers and officers from the regiment are deputed to the RR battalions for 2-3 years.
- Thus it is not possible to join the RR directly, as personnel must first join a regiment before they can serve in the RR.
- RR personnel receive 25% more salary than regular army personnel and additional benefits, thus often making it a coveted deputation.