Afghanistan’s Newest Commandos Join the Fight
An Afghan Commando rides a recently commandeered IS-K leader’s horse into the Commando graduation ceremony. According to Afghan National Army Special Operations Command Corps Public Affairs, the horse was commandeered during a recent battle in Achin district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. (NATO photo by Master Sgt. Felix Figeroa)
14 May 2018
By: Master Sgt. Felix Figeroa, NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan Public Affairs
KABUL, Afghanistan – Nine hundred and eighty new Commandos graduated from the Commando Qualification Course (CDOQC) Class 24 at the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command (ANASOC) School of Excellence, May 9.
"This is a huge responsibility,” said Lt. Gen. Bismillah Waziri, Afghan National Army Special Operations Command Corps commander, who charged the graduating class with safeguarding Afghans and Afghanistan against anti-government factions. "You are the best Afghanistan has to offer against dark forces like the Taliban and IS-K. Because of you, many sleep well at night knowing you are now their defenders."
The Afghan 2020 Roadmap, introduced in August 2017, called for a doubling of the Commando force by 2020. The additional Commandos being added to the overall force illustrates the commitment of the Afghan National Army to support the long-term development of its elite ground force.
Commando Qualification Course is a 14-week course designed to assess and train Afghan soldiers for assignment in one of ten Special Operations Kandaks.
Approximately 20 percent of the graduating class will attend job-specific specialty skill training before departing for their next assignment; the remainder will report directly to their new Kandaks.
In addition to being the cornerstone of Afghan Special Security Forces’ growth over the next four years, Commandos provide Afghanistan a decisive capability that has repeatedly demonstrated unparalleled success on the battlefield.
Established in 2015, Resolute Support (RS) is a NATO-led, non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), who assumed nationwide responsibility for Afghanistan’s security following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission. Its purpose is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to defend Afghanistan and protect its citizens in a sustainable manner.
Editor's Note: This news release originally reported an incorrect number of Afghan Commandos. The details and numbers in this article have been updated to accurately reflect the Commando growth.