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Hærens Jegerkommando
Norwegian army special forces logo
Active HFJS: 1962 - 1971
HJS: 1971 - 1997
HJK: 1997- current
Country  Norway
Branch Royal Norwegian Army
Type Army Special Forces
Role Special Reconnaissance (SR)
Direct Action (DA)
Military assistance (MA)
Combat Search And Rescue (CSAR)
Size Classified
Garrison/HQ Rena leir
Bosnian war
Kosovo war
Operation Enduring Freedom
Task Force K-Bar
Operation Anaconda
Decorations Streamer PUC Army.PNG   United States Army Presidential Unit Citation

Hærens Jegerkommando is a special forces unit of the Norwegian military. It is the armed forces competence centre for commando, airborne and counter terrorist duty in the Norwegian Army. Its headquarters are located 30 kilometres north of Elverum in the southeast of Norway, at Rena leir military base.


Hærens Jegerkommando directly translated to English means:

  • "the Army's"( Hærens ) +
  • "hunter/huntsman (which in Norwegian military terminology, relates to scouts (involved in reconnaissance))" ( Jeger- ) +
  • "an administrative/operative command" ( -kommando ).

English translations of the unit's name, include:

  • "Army's Special Forces Command", "Army's Reconnaissance Command", "Army's Ranger Command" or possibly "Army Huntsmen Command")


Name changes

The unit was established as Hærens Fallskjermjegerskole in 1962.[1] It was renamed Hærens Jegerskole in 1968, and its location was Trandum (near Jessheim).[1] The unit's current name was decided in 1997.


Headquarters are at Rena leir military base, which received its first active units in 1997 after the base had been constructed in 1993–96.


HJK is a special operations unit (SOF).[1] (Another special operations unit (SOF) is, MJK (Marinejegerkommandoen). )[1]

HJK has a large HQ unit and a paratrooper unit, which trains personnel from all branches of the Norwegian military organization in parachute operations. The Pathfinder platoon is part of the HJK training cadre and consists of conscripts deemed suitable for service in the unit after a selection period. The role of this unit is to annually train one platoon of jump-qualified recce soldiers.

Chain of command

The Hærens Jegerkommando together with the Forsvarets Spesialkommando are under a command named FSK-HJK.[2] The FSK-HJK itself is under direct command of the General Inspector of the Army.[3]

Missions outside of Norway

In Kosovo

HJK was the first special forces unit to enter Pristina. The HJK's mission was to level the negotiating field between the belligerent parties, and to fine-tune the detailed, local deals needed to implement the peace deal between Serbian authorities and the Kosovo Albanians.[4]

In Afghanistan

On 23 July 2007 HJK lieutenant Tor Arne Lau Henriksen was killed in a short and intense close quarters engagement between a Norwegian special forces reconnaissance patrol and hostile fighters in Logar Province, Afghanistan.[5][6]

William H. McRaven a United States Navy vice admiral, who serves as the commander of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)said in an interview with a Norwegian newspaper in 2007 that he regarded the Special forces of Norway to be among the top special forces in the world and that one of his favourite operations was the Norwegian heavy water sabotage by the Norwegian resistance forces during World War II .[7]

Commanding officers

  • Dag Garshol (from 2008 until present)[8]
  • Torgeir Gråtrud (from 2004–2008)[8][9]
  • Lieutenant Colonel Karl Egil Hanevik(1996[n 1] -2004)[9][10]




  1. The reference lists years 1996 and(!) 1997 as the year he started to lead HJK.

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