The National Security Guard (NSG) is an Indian special forces unit under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). It was raised in 1984, following Operation Blue Star and the assassination of Indira Gandhi, "for combating terrorist activities with a view to protect states against internal disturbances".
1. The NSG is actually modelled on Germany's GSG 9 (Grenzschutzgruppe 9 or "Border Guard Group 9"). The GSG 9 is one of the world's most elite counter-terrorist faction. In the words of a former member of the German infantry: "GSG-9 got created and founded for one specific reason: counter-terrorism.
2. NSG commandos are divided into two groups - the Special Action Group (SAG) and the Special Rangers Group (SRG).
3. The NSG comprises of a total personnel strength of 14,500.
4. The NSG personnel are often referred to in the media as Black Cats because of the black dress and black cat insignia worn on their uniform.
5. The rudimentary training period at the organization's training center lasts for 90 days. Only those who successfully complete the entire course are inducted into the NSG and undergo nine months of advanced training.
6. Once that is done, the next stepping stone is the probationary period, where about 50-70% of the recruits drop out, owing to tough competition.
7. The NSG Commandos are trained to only take head shots.... and two at one go. The double-tap system ensures proper neutralisation of the target.
8. They are also put through a battle inoculation program where they do something that's a little difficult to fathom. They have to stand right next to the target while one of their partners shoots at it.
9. That's not it, they don't even wear the kavach, or the bullet-proof vest, during this drill. They are forced to be that precise when it comes to shooting the target.
10. In order for a person to remain in the force, the target striking rate has to be not less than 85%.
11. Some of the ones from this elite faction also head to Israel for further training.