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Aspiring commandos required to get fitter, weapon-savvy

Shailendra Mohan  Mumbai, February 28, 2011
First Published: 01:47 IST(28/2/2011) | Last Updated: 01:48 IST(28/2/2011)

The Maharashtra police, in order to have “Super Trained Manpower” in times of need, has laid down guiding principles for those who wish to complete their commando training.

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A circular dated November 29, 2010, issued by the state additional director general of police (State Reserve Police Force) Sridevi Goel, a copy of which is available with the Hindustan Times, states that any policeman or officer aspiring to undertake commando training should be able to fulfill two criteria in order to become a commando.

 The circular states that the Body Mass Index (BMI) of a commando should be under 25 and it lays down guidelines for computing. It states that an aspiring commando should weigh himself at the start of the commando training and should get that figure verified by a senior officer. Two days before the end of training, the aspiring commando should get himself weighed on the same machine and then calculate his BMI.

 The circular also states that anyone intending to be part of the elite force should be able to dismantle weapons blindfolded. “Two days before the course ends, the commando should be able to demonstrate before his superior officer, his skill in assembling and dismantling weapons like a self loading rifle (SLR), AK rifles, a 9mm pistol and a 9mm carbine,” the circular further lays down.

When asked about the necessity of the latter condition, a senior police officer said: “A weapon is an extension of a soldier’s body. A bullet may get stuck in the magazine of the weapon and the commando may not have the privilege of operating under light and may not have lot of time in hand. In such a situation, the familiarity with his weapon can save a commando’s life as he would be able to dismantle the gun, take out the jammed bullet and again put it together if required.”

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