Virginia Commando

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Virginia Commando
SADF era Virginia Commando emblem.jpg
Virginia Commando emblem
Country South Africa
Allegiance
Branch
TypeInfantry
RoleLight Infantry
SizeOne Battalion
Part ofSouth African Infantry Corps
Army Territorial Reserve, Group 24
Garrison/HQVirginia, South Africa

Virginia Commando was a light infantry regiment of the South African Army. It formed part of the South African Army Infantry Formation as well as the South African Territorial Reserve.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

With the SADF[edit]

During this era, the commando was mainly tasked with area force protection, search and cordones and stock theft control assisting the rural police.

The unit resorted under the command of Group 24.

With the SANDF[edit]

Disbandment[edit]

This unit, along with all other Commando units was disbanded after a decision by South African President Thabo Mbeki to disband all Commando Units.[1][2] The Commando system was phased out between 2003 and 2008 “because of the role it played in the apartheid era”, according to the Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula.[3]

Unit Insignia[edit]

SADF era Virginia Commando insignia

Leadership[edit]

Leadership
From Honorary Colonels To
From Commanding Officers To
From Regimental Sergeants Major To

References[edit]

  1. ^ Col L B van Stade, Senior Staff Officer Rationalisation, SANDF (1997). "Rationalisation in the SANDF: The Next Challenge". Institute for Security Studies. Archived from the original on 16 March 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2015.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "About the Commando system". Retrieved 2008-01-17.
  3. ^ de Lange, Deon. "South Africa: Commandos Were 'Hostile to New SA'". Cape Argus. Retrieved 5 March 2015.

See also[edit]