Pakistan Special Service Group
Established in 1956, the Pakistan Special Service Group is the Pakistan army’s elite fighting unit, their training methods derived mainly from those of the US Special Forces ( a unit we’ll cover more of later). Formed of eight separate battalions and based in Tarbela Cantonment, the main focus right now for the Pakistan SSG is to fight back against regional Al Qaeda and Islamic State forces.
In December 2014, a special team of SSG and light commandos tracked down and killed the Global Operations Chief of al-Qaeda Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumahalong in Pakistan’s South Waziristan.
It’s doubtful you could find more of an apt name for this special unit than Jagdkommando, as it literally translates as ‘Hunting Force’. Thwarting terrorism might be this well-drilled force’s specialty but that only tells half the story, as they are adaptable to whatever the task calls for. No more than 20% of those who begin the training make it through to the end as it takes a special type to withstand the intensity required to join this elite unit.
To become a member, candidates must go through the notorious sere training course which takes place partly in the Austrian Alps. Surely not a fun skiing trip!