The Garud Commando Force is the special forces unit of the Indian Air Force. 

Formed in September 2004 

The unit derives its name from Garuda, a divine bird-like creature in Hinduism.

Garud is tasked with the protection of critical Air Force bases and installations; search and rescue during peace and hostilities and disaster relief during calamities.

 Their motto is प्रहार से सुरक्षा( Offence is the Best Form of Defense). 

Their identification symbol is that the Garud airman wear the “Airman Beret Badge” on the cap. They are also parachute trained, and wear the Operational Paratroopers Brevet above the right pocket.

 The “Garud Force Patch” can be seen worn on the sleeve and a Garud Winged Badge which is gold in color and worn on the left chest, similar to where pilot/aircrew wings are worn. The Garuds are also entitled to wear “IAF GARUD” titles on the sleeves.

GARUD trainees undergo a 72-week Basic Training course, which is the longest among all the Indian special forces but it also includes basic training. The total duration of training before a trainee can qualify as a fully operational GARUD is around 3 years.

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