A Para Commando is part of any of the Special Forces Battalions (1,2,3,4,9,10,21) of the Parachute Regiment.
Total strength of Para (SF): 1200 personnel
After a seven-month-long selection process, the SF cadets undergo one of the toughest training programmes in the world. Trainees exposed to sleep deprivation, humiliation, exhaustion, mental and physical torture. Deaths have occurred during the selection process itself. Attrition rate is said to be 90-95 percent.
Initial training period is 3.5 years, during which they are taught specialised modes of infiltration and exfiltration, either by air (combat freefall) or sea (combat diving).
Daily routine involves a 20-km morning run. Infiltration, exfiltration, assault, room and building intervention, intelligence gathering, patrolling, ambush tactics, counter-ambush tactis, counter insurgency, unconventional warfare, guerilla warfare, asymmetric warfare, raids & sabotage, martial arts training, advance weapon courses etc
The training drills involve live ammunition at all times.
Night and weapons training and field craft involving 20-km treks with 60 kg (132 lb) loads and live ammunition are conducted. Weekly forced marches with 65 kg combat loads with distances over 50 to 80 miles and quarterly night drops with full combat loads are also conducted.