President Bodyguards responsible for the security of the President
The country is celebrating 74th Republic Day. Like every time, this time too, President Draupadi Murmu’s convoy reached the parade venue with a special squad of her bodyguards at the national function organized on the duty path of the capital Delhi. The President’s Bodyguard Squad is the oldest regiment of the Indian Army. However, over time the role of this squad has been reduced to specific ceremonies. But, its primary responsibility is the safety of the first citizen of the country. The Ceremonial Army Guard Battalion stationed at Rashtrapati Bhavan is responsible for providing ceremonial guards and sentries for the President.
Who are the bodyguards of the President?
This oldest regiment of the Indian Army was formed in 1773. Its responsibility is related to the ceremony related to the President. Each and every soldier in the President’s bodyguards is selected and the best tank men, horsemen and paratroopers. They are full of amazing abilities. This squad has been designed in such a way that it looks suave and attractive even on the occasion of functions. Be it Republic Day or any special event in Rashtrapati Bhavan, the bodyguards of the President can be identified from a distance. Because, their young men are tall, strong and muscular. The face remains strong, the clothes are elegant and bright, towards which anyone gets attracted. These soldiers are called President’s Bodyguards or PBG.
Every jawan is over 6 feet tall
The President of India is the Commander-in-Chief of all the three Services i.e. Army, Air Force and Navy. That’s why the unit of his bodyguards is also very special. They are selected through a very special selection process. This unit is the most special unit of the army. The contingent of the President’s bodyguards now always stays in the Rashtrapati Bhavan. This unit has a tradition of giving priority especially to Jats, Sikhs and Rajputs. They also come from states like Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab. To become the President’s bodyguard, it is necessary that a person’s height should be more than 6 feet. This is a major reason for the distinct identity of this troop.
President’s bodyguards are selected through a special process
By now the importance of PBG must have been understood. Very few soldiers get selected in this squad. Because the number of its soldiers is very limited. At present it consists of 4 officers, 11 JCOs and 161 jawans. Separate support can also be provided as per requirement. When this army unit was formed 252 years ago, the British recruited only infantry from European soldiers. Now this unit has been transformed into a cavalry force. Before the independence of the country, this contingent was deployed in the security of the Governor General and is now deployed as the bodyguards of the President.
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training is very strict
Before joining the President’s Bodyguards, jawans have to go through two years of rigorous training. They specialize in paratrooping, but their daily routine is tied to elegant horses. They are so good at horse riding that even at a speed of 50-50 kilometers, they can ride without holding the reins. Beautiful and tall horses are also the identity of this special troop. After two years of training, the young man who aspires to be a part of the PBG hands over his sword to the commandant. He enters only when the commandant touches his sword. This means that his weapon and his life are now in your hands.