The first Belgian Commandos, command by Captain G Danloy had their Commando training in August/September 1942 in the “Commando Basic Training Center” in Achnacarry in Scotland.

At the end of war 40-45, the Belgian Commandos went into their quarters in Germany in the area of Lübeck. Some Volunteers came to join the Commando unit in Germany and settled their Commando training at the edge of the Baltic-sea in Schleswig-Holstein. It is in the end of this training that the first post-war “A” Commando license were given.

On September 12, 1945, the Commando Unit leaves Germany to settle in Marche-les-Dames. The first incorporated voluntary conscripts who were conscripted in December 1945 joined at that time the Commandos in the citadel of Namur. The Lieutenants de Heusch and Liénard were charged to organise a Commando training camp (CTrg Cdo) at Marche-les-Dames in a natural wonderfully site. A surroundings area appropriate for the criteria of this particular training: rocks, stretches of smooth water, wooded and hilly area. Obstacle tracks are created and, in particular, the tracks “Stamina” and “Do or Die” of Achnacarry are reconstituted. They are helped by German prisoners provided by the Command of the Province of Namur and paid for that job.

The CTrg Cdo of Marche-les-Dames welcomes the first conscripts on February 16, 1946.

The Command of the camp is entrusted at that time to Lieutenant P. Beauprez.

On October 20, 1947, the CTrg Cdo is constituted as Independent Unit and Captain P. Roman takes the command of it. Consequently, the courses (license “A”, license “B”, etc…) will follow one another at the CTrg Cdo without a break.

Since the end of 1955, the whole personnel of the Para-Commando Regiment get its Commando license in Marche-les-Dames.

On March 1, 1979, the CTrg Cdo became the Instruction Center of all the officers, nom-commissioned officers and civils candidates Para-Commando. It is structured in four companies: three teaching Companies – Teaching Company and School Company in Wartet, the Camp Company and Staff and Services Company in Marche-les-Dames.

In April 1994, within the Para-Commando Brigade, it takes part in the mission “SILVER BACK” in Rwanda in order to evacuate foreign nationals.


The Standard of the 4th Battalion Command was entrusted to the CTrg Cdo on April 20, 1976.

On February 18, 2011, the Standard of the 4th Battalion Commando is awarded to the HQ of the Light Para-Commando Brigade at Marche-en-Famenne.

The CTrg Cdo receives a Flag (Royal School of Cadets) in its place.

On 3 July 2018, after the evolution of the Light Brigade in Special Operation Regiment in Heverlee, the Standard is awarded to the Special Operations Regiment (SO Regt).

On March 22, 2019, the Standard of the 4th Battalion Commando will be definitively awarded to the CTrg Cdo.

The Staff of the CTrg Cdo shall wear the beret of its unit of origin with the brigade registration.


Since its creation, the CTrg Cdo is based in MARCHE-LES-DAMES.

Until 1981, it is called quarters of ARENBERG.

 Since 23 October 1981, it has been renamed Quarters Lieutenant-General Pierre ROMAN.

The current assignments of the Commando Training Center.

Takes care of the specialized training of all Para-Commandos. The CTrg Cdo is also the Defence Competence Center for the overrun techniques of obstacles, close combat, sniping and survival. As the name clearly shows, the CTrg Cdo is a training center, for many units and schools of Defence, both Belgian and foreign, mainly focused on overstepping obstacles. The center supports the units of the SO Regt, in particular the 2nd Battalion of Commandos and the 3rd Battalion Parachutists, in the field of progress in the complex terrain (mountains, watercourses) during operations or training activities.

School Company.

Responsible for the statutory training.
She gives the Military Initiation Phase (MIF) for the volunteers Para-Commando provided for the combat units. It forms the officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers of the units with Para-Commando capability in the techniques adapted to the missions for the Para-Commandos. She takes care of the physical, professional and technical training of the candidates Para-Commandos in the context of the special operations dedicated to the units of the SO Regt and to the units with Para-Commando capability.

Camp Company.

Responsible mainly for the complementary training.
She provides additional training for the benefit of the Ministry of Defence such as: close combat, front climber, teacher Commando, survival, camouflage and sniping. It is also tasked with forming the candidates Para-Commandos for crossing both rocks and watercourses. In addition, it supports the SO Regt and the units of the Land Component with auxiliary teams for the exceedances in the complex terrain (mountains, water obstacles…).

Operational deployment of the Center.

1965-1990. Kota-Koli Zaïre (CTM)
1967-1994. Bigogwe Rwanda (CTM)
1994.. Rwanda Silver Back. (CTM)
1997, 1998. Eastern Slavonia
2000, 2001. Kosovo
2001, 2003. Benin
2008, 2013, 2015. Kindu RDC
2008, 2013, 2015. South Pole.
2010-2014 Buta RDC Gitega Burundi
2015 Mediterranean.
2016, 2017, 2018 Tunisia
2016-2018 OVG Belgique
2018 Niger

CTM (Cooperation Technique Military).

In the context of Military Assistance, the CTrg Cdo in MARCHE-LES-DAMES had in the recent years the task to train the instructors Commandos, mainly from the Great Lakes region, Ex ZAIRE, RUANDA and BURUNDI. The assistance with BURUNDI provided that at the end of the training in BELGIUM, to carry out an assistance in BURUNDI.

“You don’t get what you wish for … You get what you work for! “

Corps commanders

Captain P. Roman 1947-1950
Lieutenant A. Lemasson 1950-1953
Captain R. Meunier 1953-1958
Major J. Militis 1958-1964
Major A. Gosse 1964-1968
Lieutenant-Colonel G. de Groote 1968-1972
Lieutenant-Colonel R. Vanderperre 1972-1976
Major L. Raes 1976-1979
Lieutenant-Colonel PSC P. Malherbe 1979-1981
Lieutenant-Colonel P. Deom 1981-1985
Lieutenant-Colonel PSC J. Beaudoin 1985-1988
Lieutenant-Colonel J. Engelen 1988-1990
Lieutenant-Colonel L. Noël 1990-1992
Lieutenant-Colonel PSC L. Legrain 1992-1994
Lieutenant-Colonel E. Debontridder 1994-1998
Lieutenant-Colonel A. Baumans 1998-2000
Major D. Doumont 2000-2002
Lieutenant-Colonel PSC B. Vandriessche 2002-2005
Lieutenant-Colonel PSC P. Lupcin 2005-2008
Lieutenant-Colonel A. Dantinne 2008-2011
Lieutenant-Colonel Th. Hinnekens 2011-2014
Lieutenant-Colonel PSC St. Van Den Bogaert 2014-2016
Lieutenant-Colonel X. Van De Werve de Schilde 2016-2019
Lieutenant-Colonel PSC S. Lindelauf 2019-2021
Lieutenant-Colonel PSC P. Gysel 2021

Corps warrant officers

First -Sergeant

L. Peeters


First -Sergeant

A. Paenhuys


Warrant officer

B. Schils


Warrant officer

G. Deroost


Chief warrant officer

A. Paenhuys


Chief warrant officer

M. Leiding


Chief warrant officer

L. Verheyden


Chief warrant officer

T. Van Mol


Chief warrant officer

P. Debaerdemaker


Warrant officer-Major

J. Catinus


Warrant officer-Major

M. Jassogne


Warrant officer-Major

M. Vanderlinden


Warrant officer-Major

T. Verachtert


Chief warrant officer

C. Dechaumes


Corps corporals

1st Chief corporal

C. Larbouillat


1st Chief corporal

S. Dubois


1st Chief corporal

A. Trullemans


1st Chief corporal

S. Warzee


1st Chief corporal

W. Bosmans