The National Security Guard (NSG) is an Indian special forces unit under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). It was raised in 1984, following Operation Blue Star and the assassination of Indira Gandhi, “for combating terrorist activities with a view to protect states against internal disturbances”.
It has a special forces mandate, and its core operational capability is provided by the Special Action Group (SAG) which is drawn from the Indian Army. The Special Rangers Group (SRG), the police component of NSG, which also handles VIP security, is composed of personnel on deputation from other Central Armed Police Forces and State Police Forces.
The NSG Commandos are the best in India and rank amongst the top 5 in the world of elite special forces.
So here are some lesser known facts:
The NSG is actually modeled on Germany’s GSG 9.
NSG commandos are divided into two groups – the Special Action Group (SAG) and the Special Rangers Group (SRG)
The NSG comprises of a total personnel strength of 14,500.
The NSG personnel’s are often referred to in the media as Black Cats because of the black dress and black cat insignia worn on their uniform.
The rudimentary training period at the organization’s training center lasts for 90 days. Only those who successfully complete the entire course are inducted into the NSG and undergo nine months of advanced training.
Once that is done, the next stepping stone is the probationary period, where about 50-70% of the recruits drop out, owing to tough competition.
The NSG Commandos are trained to only take head shots…. and two at one go!
They are also put through a battle inoculation program where they do something that’s a little difficult to fathom.
That’s not it, they don’t even wear the kavach, or the bullet-proof vest, during this drill!
NSG Commandos do more firing in a week of “alert status” than in their entire time in the Army.
In order for a person to remain in the force, the target striking rate has to be not less than 85%.
Some of the ones from this elite faction also head to Israel for further training.