When you ask people about the name of Indonesian elite force, most likely the answer is Kopassus. That’s correct. But obviously, Kopassus is not the only special forces that Indonesia has. I bet you’ve heard about Kopaska too. If Kopassus is an Army, Korpaskhas is air force, Kopaska or Komando Pasukan Katak (Frogmen Command) is a Navy. Precisely, it’s a tactical unit for underwater demolition.
“You, up! Climb the main mast!” the giant ship’s commander told a cadet. Starred straight to that 35.9 meters high pole, the cadet’s gut was immediately shrunken. But in the military life, there is no way you can dispute your chief. So the cadet started to climb. He made it, at last. Although it took …
That’s the motto of Kopassus or Komando Pasukan Khusus. This Red Berets unit is an Indonesian Army Special Forces that conducts particular operational missions for the Government, such as direct action, unconventional combat, sabotage, counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism, and intelligence gathering.
Have you noticed that the military persons always communicate each other with terms that seem deliberately complicated? Yes, they love very much acronyms and abbreviations. In Indonesia, there has been a widespread use of military acronyms and abbreviations, which facilitates an efficient communication among experts. But meanwhile, it also complicates communication with the public and the international community who are interested to such subject.
Sebagaimana kebanyakan orang, saya paling malas kalau disuruh menunggu. Seperti Rabu kemarin ketika harus mengantre dokter. Praktiknya dibuka pukul 19.30. Saya datang setengah jam sebelum itu. Eh, ternyata dokternya baru datang pukul 19.40. Padahal saya kebagian nomor antrean 15. Bagus. Kerjaan lagi deadline, dan saya terancam “bermalam” di klinik.