10 Paratrooper Brigade - commonly known as 10 PARA - is an elite airborne brigade-sized unit within the Malaysian Army tasked with being rapidly deployed inside or outside the boundaries of Malaysia. 10 PARA is the key element of the Malaysian Pasukan Aturgerak Cepat (Rapid Deployment Force, PAC).
10 PARA's primary role is to be the nation's main offensive force in time of war or emergencies. The creation of the Parachute Brigade was proposed by Malaysia's defence planners in the late 1970s as a part of the modernisation plan for the military. The plan originally did not receive much support from the government due to concerns that the formation of such a brigade would be looked with suspicion by its neighbour, Singapore
In November 1988 Malaysia was unable to respond to a request for assistance by Maldives when that country was invaded by Tamil mercenaries. This inability to render timely help prompted Malaysian leaders to move to form paratrooper units within the Malaysian Army.
10 Paratrooper Brigade is highly skilled in accordance with its status as a Rapid Deployment Force. Paratroopers are vigorously trained for specialised combat operations and rapid deployment in alignment with the brigade’s motto -Tindak Pantas
The elite 10 Paratrooper Brigade plays a key role in the preserving of peace within Malaysia, if not an understated one. The brigade is on par with foreign elite paratrooper brigades, and maintains a low profile for the integrity of the Malaysian Armed Forces as well for reasons of national security. Esprit-de-corp is the core of the brigade and stresses the fostering of close relationships between officers and personnel.
Maroon Beret Identities
The maroon beret worn by the 10 Paratrooper Brigade is known as Pegasus
. Pegasus is a winged horse, in line with the traditions of Greek mythology
. The greatness of this mythical creature has been used as a symbol by British Paratrooper forces during the selection test to British Army
personnel before they are qualified to be accepted as Paratroopers, thereby eligible for the maroon beret. The conditions for wearing the maroon beret is to pass the basic parachute course and to successfully complete the adjustment course of the Maroon Beret, or Pegasus.
10th Para Insignia
- The nickname of 10 Para is Tindak Pantas (English:Act Fast).March
- The motto of 10 Para is Tiada Misi Terlalu Sukar, Tiada Pengorbanan Terlalu Besar, Tugas Diutamakan, meaning, No mission is too difficult, no sacrifice is too great, duty comes first. Maroon berets
- A symbolized the 10 Para identities and also a symbolized to the British Paratroopers during a World War II.Parachute wings
- For 10 Para members, this parachute wings it's titled as Sayap Berdarah or meaning The Blood of Wings. This title is given to all personals of Paratrooper which many to sacrificed for the country along the establishment of this unit.
Members of the brigade must have passed a series physical qualifying test (Latihan Semangat Waja) before to qualified for wearing the maroon berets and parachute wings.
Among others a series physical qualifying test included:
- Warfare warm-up
- Marshy jungle tracking march
- 12 kilometre march
- Raid executions
- 5 kilometre escape and evasions
- Nosedive rapelling
- 22 kilometre march
- Mounted Gunung Ledang
- 33 kilometre navigations
- 65 kilometre suitable march
- 32 kilometre propelled the assault boat
- 7 kilometre running
- Village intersect
- Woodlog running
- 32 kilometre forced march
- Platoon and section combat march
- Armory dexterities
It was designed to mentally and physically test candidates for jump qualification.
Basic of specialist course including:
- Tactical Air Landing Operations (TALO)
- Parachute course
- Close Quarters Combat (CQC)
- Sniper course
- Demolition expert
- Sharpshooters etc.
After successfully to complete the course, wearing the Maroon Berets and The Blood of Wing rites for officers and mens will excellent by 10 Para Commanders.
Other than Brigadier General Suhaimi, many the leaders successful trained by this brigade. They are Commander of Malaysian Army, General Dato' Muhammad Ismail Jamaluddin and Deputy Commander of Malaysian Army, Lieutenant General Dato' Masood Zainal Abidin and 1st Division Command, Lieutenant General Dato' Muhammad Effendi Mustaffa. 10 Paratrooper has a grade as an elite forces of Malaysian Armed Forces not only joinned by the male officers, they were also joinned by female paratroopers.
The unit has been deployed in the following operations:
| Malaysian Medical Team (MASMEDTIM), Chaman
| MASMEDTIM, Kashmir
| MASMEDTIM, Acheh
| Operations PADANAN SIPADAN ISLAND RESORT (Ops Pasir)
|| 2006 |
| Operation Astute
|| 2006 |
| MALCON-UNIFIL, Lebanon
|| 2007 |
| Genting Sempah Incident
|| 2007 |
Similar Parachute and Rapid Reaction Forces Outside Malaysia