The PLA’s special forces: secrets revealed

And meanwhile, within the purged and decimated-from-within U.S. Military, it’s more concerned about such issues as pregnancy training for men.


China’s state media has recently confirmed that the People’s Liberation Army, the largest military force in the world, has 10 major special operations forces, each with its own unique characteristics and code names.

The 10 special force teams hail from each of the PLA’s seven military regions and commando teams from the PLA Navy, Air Force and Chinese People’s Armed Police Forces.

“Arrow,” formerly known as “Divine Sword,” is the special forces of the Beijing Military Region. This elite unit tasked with protecting the capital contains 3,000 soldiers, each of whom is adept at a wide range of tasks ranging from battlefield reconnaisance to anti-terrorism. Every soldier from this unit must be able to run five kilometers bearing heavy equipment in under 25 minutes, complete a 400-meter obstacle course in under one minute and 45 seconds, throw several hundred grenades over at least 50 meters each time, and perform 100 push-ups in a minute.

“South Blade” is belongs to the Guangzhou Military Region. Founded in 1988, it is the earliest of the PLA’s official special operations forces. Basic training for this unit include cross-country running, climbing, swimming and shooting, though soldiers must also be familiar with operating 15 advanced technologies including GPS navigation, night vision, and photo reconnaisance.

The “Eagle” is the special operations force of the Jinan Military Region and is a new unit adept at land, air and sea battle and reconnaisance. Soldiers are said to focus on upper body strength training to enhance cardiovascular endurance, including being able to run at least 3,300 meters in under 12 minutes. They also reportedly engage in hand-to-hand combat training as well as the traditional Chinese health and martial arts practice of qigong.

The mysterious “Falcon” is part of the Chengdu Military Region. This unit is said to specialize in thrilling and dangerous missions involving involving car chases, scaling cliffs, and hostage rescue situations.


The Chinese People’s Armed Police Forces have two commando teams, the “Snow Leopard” and the “Falcon.” Since its establishment in December 2002, Snow Leopard has completed more than 90 missions and has participated in major military exercises and performances over 10 times. In the last two years, Snow Leopard soldiers have taken home the top prize at the annual International Warrior Competition, beating out special forces squads from 17 other countries including the US, Russia and France.

Full article: The PLA’s special forces: secrets revealed (Want China Times)

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