The Indian Armed Forces, comprising of the army, navy, and air force are the vanguards of the country’s security. With a combined strength of 1.4 million active personnel that includes the Indian Coast Guard and several paramilitary organisations, the Indian Armed Forces is the world’s third largest battle-ready contingent. It commands immense respect all over the world for various combat operations and peacetime activities.
Here are some interesting facts about Indian Armed Forces.
1. World’s highest battleground
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At a height of 18,875 feet above sea-level, the Indian Army controls Siachen Glacier, the highest battleground in the world. India launched Operation Meghdoot in April 1984 to wrest control over Pakistan on all the major ridges and passes in the nearly 1,000 square mile territory. Not a single bullet was fired and till date Operation Meghdoot remains one of the most successful military operations anywhere in the world.
2. Biggest voluntary army
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All serving and reserved Indian Armed Forces personnel have voluntarily opted to join the service. While there’s a provision in the Constitution for forced recruitment (conscription), it has never been enforced in post-independent India.
3. Expert in high altitude warfare
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The High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) run by the Indian Army is one of the world’s best military training centres. It was established in 1948 as a modest ski school in Gulmarg. Special operations forces from the US, Russia, UK, and Germany frequently visit the academy for high altitude combat training. The US Special Forces (Green Berets) trained at HAWS before their counter-terrorism mission in Afghanistan.