The Golden Katar Division of Desert Corps conducted a three-week training capsule for the Number 1 Battalion of Border Wing Home Guard (BWHG). The BWHG is located in Barmer District to prepare and train the troops for the primary role of protecting critical installations and vulnerable areas during break-outs of hostilities.
A total of 144 soldiers from the BWHG participated in this training capsule that consisted of lectures, demonstrations, and sessions on various activities associated with carrying out their primary duties.
The outdoor sessions consisted of rifle firing, tactical movements, and small-team operations in built-up areas. Through the sessions, BWHG achieved enhanced cohesiveness for the conduct of operations with a focus on symbiotic integration and professional enhancement of the organization’s capabilities.
As part of the HADR (Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief) columns, the sessions refined procedures and functional requirements of the synergetic application of BWHG in conventional and non-conventional military operations.
On December 06, 1962, Border Wing Home Guards (BWHG) formed as a voluntary organization with ‘Selfless Service’ as its motto. Following the Sino-Indian War with the People’s Republic of China in 1962, the Home Guards Organisation reorganized. Although, some units existed separately before then. People from different sections of the civil society, such as professionals, college students, agricultural workers, and industrial workers, join the Home Guards as volunteers in their spare time. All citizens of India, in the age group of 18-50, are eligible, tenure of membership in Home Guards is 3 to 5 years.