The special forces of Sri Lanka is part of the Sri Lanka army and is known as the Sri Lanka Army Special Forces Regiment or SF. They are a covert operative force comprised of three regiments.
The SF have been around since 1985 and were first called a Combat Tracker Team that specialized in carrying out small operations that were deep within enemy territory, particularly against terrorism in times of war. At that time, the group consisted of 2 officers and 38 men. Since then, they have evolved, although they are known as a small, elite and covert team. They specialize in various types of special forces activities.
How To Become A Member Of The SF
Those who are members of the Sri Lanka army can join the special forces if they pass the selection training, which is reputed to be pretty tough. However, the rigorous training is not aimed at breaking the morale of the cadets; rather it is designed to pin point trainees who have the initiative and drive to successfully carry out and complete the objectives of their missions no matter how difficult and dangerous. This grueling training session ensures that only the best of the best get selected into the Sri Lankan Army Special Forces Regiment.
The training consists of basic training and specialized training for all SF personnel. This is conducted by the Special Forces Training School, which was set up on February 15th 1992.
There are courses from the Army as well as Navy SEALs and Air Force Courses. Those who are members of the SF still must go to a one month course every year as a refresher to make sure that they can still live up to the standards of the SF. Anyone who fails the rigorous testing is posted out of the Special Forces.
What Are They Best At?
Their roles include counter terrorism, intelligence gathering in deep battle, sabotage and offensive raiding in deep and medium battle space, unconventional warfare including covert operations and rapid deployment.
Weapons Of The SF
Weapons are classified.
One known mission is the Sri Lankan Civil War.
There are five units that range from the 1st regiment to the 5th regiment that was recently established. They are all prepared to have sharp skills and fight deep within enemy territory in times of war.
Are They Professional Soldiers?
The members of the SF are professional soldiers, with most of them staying in the military for a lifelong career.
This Article is written by James Kara Murat, contributor of US Navy SEAL Information Portal.