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A paratrooper can further opt to become a Para Commando/Para SF. After a para course of 90 days, the trooper has to opt for a 3-year Para Commando course. This 3-3.5 year course enables trooper to survive almost everywhere on the planet. Other skills imparted here are cross-infiltration, special reconnaissance, Guerrilla warfare, jungle warfare, desert warfare, urban assault, counter-insurgency etc. This is the type of training is very demanding, both physically and mentally. Attrition rate is said to be as high as 80%. 3 years of Para SF training earns the trooper the badge ‘Balidaan’ and ‘Special Forces’ tag on both the shoulders. Now the para-commando will be posted in one of the Para SF battalions.