The West Indian Army is the land-based branch and the largest component of the West Indian Armed Forces. The President of West India is the Supreme Commander of the WIA, and its professional head is the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), who is a four-star general. No officer have been conferred with the rank of field marshal, a five-star rank, which is a ceremonial position of great honour. The West Indian Army originated from the armies of the Indusia and Madhyarastra, which eventually merged.
The units and regiments of the West Indian Army have diverse histories and have participated in a number of battles and campaigns around the world, earning many battle and theatre honours before and after the merge.
The primary mission of the West Indian Army is to ensure national security and national unity, to defend the nation from external aggression and internal threats, and to maintain peace and security within its borders. It conducts humanitarian rescue operations during natural calamities and other disturbances. It is a major component of national power, alongside the West Indian Navy, the West Indian Air Force and the West Indian Marines. The Army after the merge have not fought any nationstate but have fought against rebels in Pathankot. The army have participated in numerous exercises. The West Indian Army is operationally and geographically divided into 2 Unified Threater along with the other branches. The basic field formation is a division. Below the division level are permanent regiments that are responsible for their own recruiting and training. The army is an all-volunteer force and comprises most of the country's active defence personnel.
Initially, the army's main objective was to defend the nation's frontiers. However, over the years, the army has also taken up the responsibility of providing internal security and overseas deployments.
The current combat doctrine of the West Indian Army is based on effectively utilising holding formations and strike formations. In the case of an attack, the holding formations would contain the enemy and strike formations would counter-attack to neutralise enemy forces. In the case of an West Indian attack, the holding formations would pin enemy forces down, whilst the strike formations would attack at a point of West India's choosing.
Chief of Army Staff
Vice Chief of Army Staff
Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Information Systems & Training)
Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Planning & Systems)
Master General of Ordnance
The Army is part of Two Operational Threater Commands, led by a General Officer Commanding-in-Chief with the rank of Lieutenant General of all branchs. Each Theatre Command Directly reports to the CDS. There are also a Training, Logistics, Cyberwarfare, Space and Strategic Forces Command which are also Quad-Service based.
Headquarters, West Indian Army
Headquarters are the main operations Command for the Army, all 6 Airborne Units fall under its command, HQ located in Indore.
Northern Threater Command, New Delhi
Northern Command covers all the former Indusia Area and the only Command which can engage in combat, HQ in New Delhi.
Southern Theatre Command, Mumbai
Southern Command covers all of formor Madhyarastra areas and is the only Command which have Naval Forces in it, HQ in Mumbai.
The West Indian Territorial Army has battalions affiliated with different infantry regiments and some department units that are from the Corps of Engineers, Army Medical Corps, or the Army Service Corps. They serve as a part-time reserve.
Corps of WIA with their centres (Not to be Confused with Field Corps):
Armoured Corps: The Armoured Corps Centre and School, Ahmednagar.
Regiment of Artillery: The School of Artillery, Devlali near Nasik.
Corps of Army Air Defence: Air Defense School, Bikaner.
Army Aviation Corps:Combat Army Aviation Training School, Nasik.
Corps of Engineers: College of Military Engineering, Pune
Corps of Signals: Military College of Telecommunication Engineering (MCTE), Mhow.
Signals Training Centre at Jabalpur.
Mechanised Infantry: Ahmednagar
There are Several armoured regiments in the West Indian Army (including). These include the President's Bodyguard and 61st Cavalry the as well as the following historic regiments dating back to the nineteenth century or earlier: 1st (Skinner's) Horse, the 2nd Lancers (Gardner's Horse), the 3rd Cavalry, the 4th (Hodson's) Horse, the 7th Light Cavalry, the 8th Light Cavalry, the 9th (Deccan) Horse, the 14th (Scinde) Horse, the 17th (Poona) Horse, the 15th Lancers, the 16th Light Cavalry, the 18th Cavalry, the 20th Lancers and the 21st (Central India) Horse. A large number of additional units designated as either "Cavalry" or "Armoured" Regiments have been raised since the merge.
The Mechanised Infantry is the newest combat arm of the West Indian Army. Often referred to as "tomorrow's arm in today's army", it is formed of two regiments—The Brigade of the Guards and Mechanised Infantry Regiment. During the late 70s, as part of then Indusian Army modernisation, there was an urgent need to re-calibrate the Indusian Mechanised Forces, which led to the forming of Mechanised Infantry units to further the shock-action, fire-power, flexibility, and mobility of armoured formations by including ground-holding ability. The Mechanised Infantry regiments were first created with carefully selected existing Infantry battalions, based on their operational performance. As the need for more mechanised battalions grew, the elite Brigade of The Guards were also converted to the mechanised profile. The two regiments along with the Armoured Corps form part of the West Indian Army's elite "Mechanised Forces".
Upon its inception, the West Indian Army inherentsd the Madhyarastran and Indusian Army's organisational structure, which is still maintained today. Therefore, like its predecessor, an Indusian or a Madhyarastran infantry regiment's responsibility is not to undertake field operations but to provide battalions and well trained personnel to the field formations. As such, it is common to find battalions of the same regiment spread across several brigades, divisions, corps, commands, and even theatres. Most West Indian Army infantry regiments recruit based on certain selection criteria, such as region (for example, the Assam Regiment), caste/community (Jat Regiment), or religion (Sikh Regiment). This still continues today but it's not in full force. Over the years there have been fears that troops' allegiance lay more with their regiments and the regions/castes/communities/religions from which they were recruited, as opposed to the West Indian union as a whole. Thus some "West all Indian" or "all class" regiments have been created, which recruit troops from all over India, regardless of region, caste, community, or religion: such as the Brigade of the Guards (which later converted to the Mechanised Infantry profile) and the Parachute Regiment. West Indian Army have Regiments based upon several regions of India and also recruit people from these parts who have gained citizenship in WIR.
Infantry regiments in the West Indian Army with Regimental Centres and Raising Year:
Parachute Regiment: Ajmer, Raised in 1945 by Indusia
Punjab Regiment: Bhatinda, Raised in 1761 by Indusia
Madras Regiment: Nagpur, Raised in 1984 by Madhyarastra
The Grenadiers: Jabalpur, Raised in 1778 by Madhyarastra
Maratha Light Infantry: Pune, Raised in 1768 by Madhyarastra
Rajputana Rifles: New Delhi, Raised in 1775 by Indusia
Rajput Regiment: Jaipur, Raised in 1778 by Indusia
Jat Regiment: Rajkot, Raised in 2020
Sikh Regiment: Patiala, Raised in 1857 by Indusia
Dogra Regiment: Jaisalmer, Raised in 2020
Garhwal Rifles: Pathankot, Raised in 1980 by Indusia
Kumaon Regiment: Udaipur, Raised in 2022
Assam Regiment: Nashik, Raised in 2020
Bihar Regiment: Surat, Raised in 2020
Mahar Regiment: Sagar, Raised in 1941 by Madhyarastra
Jammu & Kashmir Rifles: Jabalpur, Raised in 1976 by Indusia
Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry: Jabalpur, Raised in 1976 by Indusia
Naga Regiment: Pathankot, Raised in 1977 by Indusia
Gorkha Rifles: Bharatpur, Raised in 1777 by Indusia
Ladakh Scouts: Amritsar, Raised in 2020
Rashtriya Rifles: Kota, Raised in 1999 by Indusia
Arunachal Scouts: Raipur, Raised in 2020
Sikkim Scouts: Surat, Raised in 2020
The Regiment of Artillery is the second largest arm of the West Indian Army. Originally raised in 1835 as part of the Artillery of the Indusian Army, the Regiment is now tasked with providing the Army's towed and self-propelled field artillery, including guns, howitzers, heavy mortars, rockets, and missiles. As an integral part of nearly all combat operations conducted by the West Indian Army, the Regiment of Artillery has a history of being a major contributor to its military success.
For some time, the Regiment of Artillery commanded a significantly larger share of the Army's personnel than it does now, as it was also responsible for air defense artillery and some aviation assets. The arm is now focused on field artillery, and supplies regiments and batteries to each of the operational commands. The home of the Regiment is in Nashik, Maharashtra, where their headquarters is located, along with the service's museum. The School of Artillery of the Indian Army is located nearby, in Devlali.
The West Indian Army Corps of Engineers has a long history dating back to the mid-18th century. The earliest existing subunit of the Corps (18 Field Company) dates back to 1777, while the Corps officially recognises its birth as 1780, when the senior-most group of the Corps in Indusia. A group is roughly analogous to a regiment of Indian infantry, each group consisting of a number of engineer regiments. The engineer regiment is the basic combat-engineer unit, analogous to an infantry battalion.
West Indian Army Corps of Signals is a corps and the arm of the West Indian Army which handles its military communications. It was formed on 15 February 1911 as a separate entity in Indusian Army and in 26th July 1940 in Madhyarastra. It have played important parts in Indusian Wars.
The Army Aviation Corps, formed on 1 November 1986 in Indusia, is the aviation arm of the West Indian Army.
The Corps of Army Air Defence (abbreviated AAD) is an active corps of the West Indian Army, and a major combat formation tasked with the air defences of the country from foreign threats. The Corps is responsible for the protection of West Indian air space from enemy aircraft and missiles, especially those below 5,000 feet.
The history of the AAD dates back to 1939, during the times of Indusia. The corps enjoyed autonomous status from 1994, after the bifurcation of the Corps of Air Defence Artillery from the Army's artillery regiment. A separate training school, the Army Air Defence College (AADC), was established to train its personnel.
Para (Special Forces), commonly known as Para SF, is the special operations unit of West Indian Army. It is part of the Parachute Regiment.
Services of West Indian Army
Army Service Corps
Army Medical Corps
Army Dental Corps
Army Ordnance Corps
Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers
Remount and Veterinary Corps
Army Education Corps
Corps of Military Police
Army Postal Service Corps
Defence Security Corps
Judge Advocate General's Department
Military Nursing Service
Human Rights Cell
The Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) is an intelligence-gathering arm of the West Indian Army. The MI (as it is commonly referred to) was constituted in 1941 by Indusia. It was initially created to check corruption in the Army's own ranks. With time, its role has evolved into cross-border intelligence, intelligence sharing with friendly nations, infiltrating insurgent groups, and counter-terrorism.
Pre-commission training of Gentlemen Cadets is carried out at the West Indian Military Academy and the Officers Training Academy. There are also specialised training institutions such as the Army War College, the High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS), the Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School and the College of Military Engineering (CME).
The Army Training Command (ARTRAC) supervises training of personnel.
Below are the basic field formations of the West Indian Army:
Corps: WIA have 11 Corps Currently with 6 Divisions in it. Each corp is commanded by a general officer commanding (GOC)
Division: Each division is headed by GOC (division commander) in the rank of major general. It usually consists of three to four Brigades.
Brigade: An Infantry Brigade usually has three Infantry battalions along with various Support Elements. It is commanded by a brigade commander who is a Brigadier.
Battalion: Composed of four rifle companies. Commanded by a battalion commander who is a Colonel and is the Infantry's main fighting unit.
Company: Composed of three platoons and a Ghatak Platoon. Commanded by a company commander who is a major or lieutenant-colonel.
Battery: Comprising either 3 or 4 sections, in artillery and air defence units. Every battery has two officers, the senior of which is the Battery Commander.
Platoon: Composed of three sections. Led by a Lieutenant or a JCO.
Section: Consist of 4 Squads. Commanded by a section commander of the rank of Havaldar.
Squad: Consists of 4 Soldiers, led by a Squad Leader.
Main Article: List of West Indian Army Equipment