How well trained are Pakistani troops?

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How well trained are Pakistani troops?

Mudassir Ali 11 months 1 Answer 158 views

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  1. Pretty good.

    When the US Rangers got into difficulty in Mogadishu in the ‘Black Hawk Down’ operation, it was the Pakistani Army, amongst others, that rescued them. When they reached their base they really were, as in the film, met by waiters carrying jugs of iced water on silver trays, just as if they’d time warped back to the Raj.

    And that’s one thing you need to know about the Pakistani Army. They have a regimental system and their units have a proud military tradition that goes back through two World Wars and countless colonial skirmishes. They are the real thing.

    The profile of the army is similar to many of the better armies in poorer countries. The rank and file are solid soldiers, volunteers who regard military service as something to be proud of. Middle ranking officers are usually good and sometimes superb, as the military is a meritocracy where the brilliant-but-impoverished can get ahead, which stands in contrast to the rest of Pakistani society. At the top though is rampant corruption, which counts against overall efficiency.

    It’s been a while since the army was tested in a full scale war, but in relief operations, peacekeeping roles and counter-insurgency campaigns Pakistani troops have not disgraced themselves.

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