Jagdkommando | Austrian Special Forces




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Published on Jan 11, 2016

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Jagdkommando is the only special forces within the austrian armed forces. The unit is capable of handling land, naval and airborne operations. They do everything from counter-terrorism and hostage rescue to special Reconnaissance and unconventional warfare.
The name, Jagdkommando, can be traced back to austrian military units during world war 1 but the special operations force was first founded in 1961. During that year several austrian soldiers were sent to US to undertake the us army ranger course in order to later establish a similar unit in Austria.
The training in order to become an operator is long and extremly demanding. The selection is taking place once a year and lasts for 6 months. Only about 20-25% remain after the selection, and those few enter the second phase. The second phase is called Jagdkommandogrundkurs or Jagdkommando basic course. During this time the recruits will suffer from coldness, permanent physical activities and very small amount of sleep. The last phase, SERE, is the most infamous one. It lasts for 10 days where the soldiers are placed in the alps and need to reach several checkpoints, it is 20-30km between each checkpoint, because of the terrain and weather the soldiers will find it hard to stay within the timelimit and will barely be able to sleep.

Song: Fired up, feels good (from the unit)

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