India training Cambodian soldiers in jungle warfare


New Delhi : Thirteen soldiers from the Royal Cambodian Special Force (RCSF) are currently undergoing an intensive four-week course at the Indian Army’s Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) at Vairengte in Mizoram, Asia’s premier institute for imparting such skills.

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“The RCSF is keen to learn from the Indian Army’s experience in combating insurgency for the past 50 years. There is no better staging ground for this exchange of expertise that our facility at Vairengte,” an officer said.

The training will conclude by mid-January.

With its motto of “Fight the guerrilla like a guerrilla”, the school trains all ranks of the Indian armed forces, the paramilitary forces and personnel of the Central Police Organisations. The school has been recognised as a centre of excellence for counter insurgency training.

According to school commandant Brigadier R.M. Painuly, “low intensity conflicts are becoming global in scope. It is widely believed that terrorism is becoming less territorially defined, global in reach and more decentralised.

“Indeed, terrorism has now truly become a global phenomenon. They are no longer bound by limits of geography, because of which modern militancy has become a complex phenomenon,” Painuly says.

“The globalised world is now matched by a globalised militant ideology. We need to tackle the menace of terrorism globally and hence, joint training is a step in the global war against terrorism,” the commandant maintains.

Toward this, the school is now providing training to officers and personnel below officer rank (PBOR) of various friendly foreign countries like Afghanistan, Bhutan, Botswana, Bangladesh, Nepal, Ghana, Iraq, Kenya, Mauritius, Singapore, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Mongolia, Nigeria and Uzbekistan.

“The training facilities at the school are greatly appreciated by the subscribing countries. Many other countries have elicited interest in the training being imparted at the school and the demand (for seats) is on the increase,” Painuly says.