Did You Know Indian Army’s School Of Jungle Warfare Is The Best In The World
Hello Defence Lovers, The Mizo Militancy in the 1960s made the Indian government and the Indian Army realize that soldiers should be trained for extreme jungle warfare. Hence, the Counter-insurgency and Jungle Warfare School was established. It’s a pity, however, that most Indians don’t know about its existence, let alone knowing why it’s the best in the world. Here’s everything you need to know about the best all-terrain warfare prep academy in the world.
- The Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) in Vairengte, Mizoram, India is a training and research establishment of the Indian Army specialising in unconventional warfare, especially counter-insurgency and guerrilla warfare. CIJWS is one of the premier counter-insurgency training institutions in the world.
- The school’s motto is to “fight the guerrilla like a guerrilla”.
- The original plans to set up a counter-insurgency unit to train soldiers came about following the government response to the Mizo militancy in the 1960s. Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, then the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-IN-C) of the Indian Army’s Eastern Command, was the first proponent for the institute.
- CIJWS was established in 1967 as the Jungle Training School. It was initially located in Mynkre, near Jowal in Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya. In 1968, the designation was changed to Eastern Command Counter Insurgency Training School. On 1 May 1970, it was upgraded to a Category A Training Establishment of the Indian Army, given its current name and relocated to Vairengte. Brigadier Mathew Thomas was appointed the school’s first Commandant.
- The crisis in neighbouring East Pakistan and the resulting liberation struggle for Bangladesh prompted a temporary refocus as the Mukti Bahini guerrillas were trained at the institute. Operation Jackpot undertaken by the Mukti Bahini rebels was an instance of the school’s training success. Since the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, CIJWS has focused to its primary role of counter-insurgency training.
- CIJWS has hosted visiting military units for training from the United States, Singapore, Nepal, Bhutan, Russia, United Kingdom, Israel, France, Bangladesh and many other nations.
- They are primarily trained in counter-amush skills.The soldiers are trained to hide themselves in the forests.This capability help them to hide on the battle field and in the jungle warfare during war from the enemies.The jungle craft also test the extreme limits of soldiers.
- The Soldiers are made to study the jungle in its most natural state by inspecting the characteristics of forest such as dense vegetation with limited visibility,heavy cross compartmentalisation,streams,rivers,heat & humidity and other aspects of jungle such as difficult tracks and limited communication.
- More than 7000 soldiers every year from Para military forces,police services and international armies are trained here.
- Soldiers are extensively trained in improvised explosive devices. They have given special training to face the problems like counter terrorism,jungle survival and internal affairs. They taught different interrogation techniques.
- Soldiers are not prepared here only physically but also they have given special training to enhance their mentality level .They have trained in overall war IQ development with the help of GD, case studies and sand model exercises.
- An importance placed in the top list of this school is how to avoid collateral damage as much as possible. With precision shooting, the soldiers engage in exercises where live rounds are used to shoot down plywood terrorists inside homes and stores without hitting the civilian population.
- The school also nourished the soldier behavioural research that is considered to be the best in the world here.The academy provides best training facilities with 13 fire ranges and competent instructor who are war veterans.