In case you are, let’s say, interested…
CATHOLIC FAITH Swiss Guards are practising Catholics. They operate daily in the heart of the Roman Curia, continuously meet people on their pilgrimage to the Tomb of the Prince of the Apostles and participate in the liturgical celebrations inside the Vatican. It is obvious that by their religious faith and practice, the Swiss Guards are the Holy Father’s “visiting card”.
Swiss nationality is a prerequisite for joining the Corps. The candidates need to be able to integrate with the Corps as we latter wish to preserve our typical Swiss character. Therefore, it is expected of the candidates that they have a particular attachment to Switzerland.
All applicants to the Swiss Guards must already have had a medical examination in Switzerland and accept to have another thorough medical exam including a psychological test. Only healthy candidates are accepted in the Swiss Guards.
Those in charge of the Pope’s security must have irreproachable reputations.
COMPLETION OF THE SWISS ARMY TRAINING
The compulsory two-year service in the Swiss Guards is too short to aquire an exhaustive basic training. This is why Guards must already be in possession of the military skills which they can acquire in the Swiss Army. Tough not affiliated, we use the same military language as the Swiss Army and we share its concept of discipline.
We are looking for able, keen and proficient candidates. Acquiring professional skills is a good indicator of these qualities. Therefore, we require applicants having passed a study curriculum of at least three years or, in rare exceptions, two years of good professional training.
The Guards are housed in double or triple rooms. At the beginning they are in dormitories.The camaraderie between young unmarried men should not be undervalued. A mixed Corps is not appropriate in our service and community life.
For reasons of service we are bound to live in the Vatican and places for socialising are very limited. There are very few apartments available. To be allowed to marry Guards must be at least 25, have served for at least three years, commit themselves to serving for another three years and have at least the rank of Corporal.
UNDER 30 YEARS OF AGE
Anyone who wants to become a Swiss Guard had better decide early. Our Corps is a young one. Often, older recruits find it more difficult to integrate. We do not accept candidates who are over 30 years of age. However, under certain conditions, former Guards can return to the Corps