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Army Desert Warfare School
 
 History

Keeping in view the importance of Desert Warfare training, it was decided by Genera! Headquarters in 1980 to establish Army Desert Warfare School at Chhor in two stages. In first stage the school started functioning as Desert Warfare Wing of Divisional Battle School since 14 February 1980. In second stage the institution was upgraded to Army Desert Warfare School on 13 September 1987.

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 Location

Army Desert Warfare School located at Chhor is 165 km from Hyderabad, a major city of Sindh Province, which is 185 kms from Karachi connected with the country by road/rail and air. Chhor is approachable by road/rail from Hyderabad via Mirpur Khas - Umerkot road/rail track. Umerkot is 20 kms from Chhor and is the last major town in the area with international telephone/telegraph facility and other amenities of daily life. The climatic conditions in the area vary from hot to cold and temperatures register daily and seasonal variations.
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 Educational Philosophy

Mission

To train Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers of the Army, Navy and Civil Armed Forces in Desert Warfare Operations.

 

Scope

The scope of training being conducted is as under:

  • Characteristics of desert and its effects on troops.
  • Role of different arms/ services in Desert Warfare.
  • Navigational techniques in desert.
  • Survival adroitness.
  • Administrative problems in desert.
  • Fauna and Flora in desert.                                                                                                            top
 Faculty

The institution has selected instructional staff which comprises following:

  • lx Major - Chief Instructor
  • 3x Captains - Directing Staff
  • 3x Junior Commissioned Officers - Directing Staff
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 The Courses

The institution runs following courses in a year:

  • 3x Officers Desert Warfare Courses. (ODWC)
  • 2x Junior Commissioned Officers/Non Commissioned Officers Desert Warfare Courses (JNDWC)
  • lx Non Commissioned Officers Desert Warfare Course (NDWC)                                     top
Selection Criteria

The prerequisites for selection of students on various courses are as under:

Officers Desert Warfare Course

  • Service 3 to 8 years
  • 50% officers from mechanized formations
  • For Captains only
  • All Grade III Staff officers serving at various levels to attend the course during
    1st year of service with formation
  • Officers with (B-) grade in Basic and Mid Career Courses are ineligible

Junior Commissioned Officers/Non Commissioned Officers Course

  • Junior Commissioned Officers - Not over 36 years age
  • Civil Armed Forces - Minimum 5 years service

Non-Commissioned Officers Course

  • Minimum service 3 years
  • Maximum Age 30 years
  • Must have passed Map Reading 1st Standard
  • Lance Naik/Naik only
  • Preferably Junior Leaders Academy qualified                                                                         top
 Extra-Curricular Activities

The Chhor Garrison encompasses all the basic facilities of life. Students get ample opportunity to participate in following extra curricular activities:

  • Playing games like cricket, tennis, football and volleyball
  • Swimming
  • Gymnastic
  • Tombola                                                                                                          top
 Campus

The Army Desert Warfare School provides all the amenities of life in the wilderness through a fully equipped campus:

  • Academic Block
  • Office Block
  • Training Block
  • Mosque
  • Stores
  • Desert Room
  • Planetarium
  • Housing Block
  • Hostel
  • Helipad
  • Auditorium
  • Mess/Dinning Hall
  • Shopping Complex                                                                                           top
 Conclusion

Army Desert Warfare School plays a vital role in providing specialized training to Pakistan Army in general and desert formations in particular. The School with in its administrative and training expectancy is running the courses in quest to achieve desired standards. The training being imparted at this institution is objective and practical oriented.Army Desert Warfare School plays a vital role in providing specialized training to Pakistan Army in general and desert formations in particular. The School with in its administrative and training expectancy is running the courses in quest to achieve desired standards. The training being imparted at this institution is objective and practical oriented.

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