Commando Corps

The Commando Corps is the special forces unit of the Royal Netherlands Army. The corps is responsible for preparing and conducting special operations for defence and crisis management tasks of the Allies of the Netherlands.


The Commando Corps conducts special operations, which are mainly operations of strategic or operational importance that are conducted in an area which is not under control of friendly forces. The main tasks of the Commando Corps are:

  • Special Reconnaissance: special reconnaissance missions to acquire information about a hostile or semi-hostile area, about a threat or about the effects of an attack.
  • Direct Action: offensive actions, such as ambushes, sabotage and target designation.
  • Military Assistance: military assistance with the aim of training or advising allies or groups. 

In addition, the commandos carry out counterterrorist actions and rescue operations.

Defence Parachute School

The Defence Parachute School is part of the Commando Corps. This school provides all parachute training courses for the Netherlands armed forces. The parachute training courses are primarily intended for the Commando Corps, the Marine Corps and 11 Airmobile Brigade.

Information about the Commando Corps

Read more about the duties, training courses and specialisations of the Commando Corps.