Sweden's strategically located coastline presents a ripe target for any potential enemy. To prevent an enemy force from exploiting this perceived
vulnerability, the Swedish Navy maintains an elite commando force with which to strike at any attempted amphibious assault directed at its shores.
Known as the Kustjagare, or Coastal Rangers, this specially selected and highly trained group of men is tasked with conducting operations in support
of the Swedish Navy. In the event of hostilities Kustjagare units would disrupt enemy lines of communications by conducting raids and ambushes against
enemy units operating near the coastline, perform coastal reconnaissance missions, retaking territory that had been captured along the Swedish
coastline, and act as shock troops during an amphibious landing conducted by Swedish naval forces.
Coastal Rangers are selected from the top 10% of the 18 year old conscripts reporting for their mandatory 1 year period of national service. Those
conscripts wishing to volunteer for service with the Coastal Rangers must first pass stringent medical and physical exams before being allowed to
continue on with their training. Upon passing their initial selection, the new trainees then report to Vaxholm Coast Artillery Regiment 1 for ten
months of training.
The first phase of Kustjagare training lasts six months and consists of basic military and assault training. Students also undertake an intensive
physical training program to prepare them for the harsh environment that they will be required to operate in.
To advance to the next phase the prospects must successfully complete a "Ranger march". The Ranger march is actually a week long series of long
distance endurance marches and physical tests similar to the Swedish Army's Eagle march. During the march students are pushed to their physical and
mental limits. Those students surviving the Ranger march are awarded the commando green beret adorned with the golden Neptunes Trident qualification
badge, and the remainder of the trainees then advance to the more specialized portion of their training.
During the next phase of Kustjagare training students will receive instruction on the use of kayaks, long distance kayak paddling, urban combat
training, long distance land navigation, demolitions, CQB, while physical training is conducted to keep troops at their peak.
Upon completion of their training Kustjagare are released to the reserves, and war posted to one of the six Amphibious Battalions assigned to coastal
defense duties. Extensive training exercises are conducted to allow troops to maintain their level of proficiency. Joint training is conducted with
the other units assigned to the Amphibious Battalion, the Bassak counter SOF unit, and with other military units.
Defintly intresting, I'm sure we conducted many exercises with this unit during the cold war, here
is another site that I found does anybody have a translation machine thingy? I just realized you can do it in english, nevermind.
[edit on 16-9-2005 by blue cell]