Military of Paquador

National Guard
Guardia Nacional
HeadquartersConcepción
Leadership
Commander-in-ChiefWaldo Gustavo Prat
Chief of the National GuardJuan Carlos Carrillo Schlenker
Manpower
Military age15
Active personnel25,000
Related articles
RanksMilitary ranks of Paquador
A M4 Sherman tank of the National Guard during a coup, 1979.

The National Guard (Spanish: Guardia Nacional, otherwise known as la Guardia, GN) is a militia and a gendarmerie. It acts as both the armed forces and police force of Paquador which gives it huge influence in society. It is notorious for human rights abuses and corruption. It regular interferes in politics. It consists of 25,000 officers and enlisted men and consists of 5 branches; army, navy, air force, special forces and national police.

The Guardia has a bloated top command apparatus meaning it has a large amount of general-grade officers compared to other ranks. The Guardia motto is: "Honor, Patria, Disciplina"

History

Equipment

The majority of its weaponry consists of US-made surplus 'hand-me-downs' from both world wars, Korea and Vietnam, partially supplemented by more modern equipment either donated or sold by Israel, Spain, Argentina and South Africa.

The Guardia fields a small armoured corps of which the inventory consists mostly of World War II-vintage American vehicles acquired in the 1950s – ten ex-Philippine Army M4A3 E8 (76) and M4A3E8 (105) Sherman tanks, four M3A1 Stuart light tanks, forty-five T17E1 M6 Staghound armoured cars of Israeli origin (some had their turrets removed and replaced by a 30. or 50. cal Browning HMG mount instead). And fifty M9 half-tracks.

The main rifle is the M16 rifle.

Army

12,500 belong to the Army

Navy

The flagship of the Paquadorian Navy is the ARP General Escobar.

The National Guard Navy (Marina de Guerra de la Guardia Nacional, MG-GN) has about 1,000 sailors and ratings who man ten Israeli Dabur-1 class patrol boats. It also consists of 1000 marines.

Air Force

The Air Force of the National Guard (Fuerza Aérea de La Guardia Nacional, FAGN) is comprised of 1,500 Officers and enlisted men.

  • combat squadron ( Escuadrón de Combate )
  • helicopter squadron ( Escuadrón de Ala Rotatoria )
  • transport squadron ( Escuadrón de Transporte )
  • training squadron of the Air Force School

National Police

The National Police of the National Guard (Policia Nacional – Guardia Nacional, PNGN) is a municipal constabulary numbering some 9,000–10,000 male and female uniformed constables. Most of its lightly-armed personnel are concentrated in the main urban centres on police duties, or assigned to the Brigadas Especiales contra Actos de Terrorismo (BECAT, Special Counter-insurgency Brigades).

BECAT is an urban rapid-reaction, anti-terrorist unit closely modeled on SWAT, whose members use special camouflage uniforms and Israeli helmets and flak vests, being armed with Uzi SMGs, M-16s, pump-action shotguns and sniper rifles. Recognizable by their M38A1 MD Jeeps equipped with vehicular beacons, sirens and wire cutters installed on the front bumper, and painted in blue-and-white National Police markings, BECAT teams are frequently employed in raids in urban slums in search for hidden guerrillas, and quickly earned an unenviable reputation for brutality.

Special Forces

The Basic Infantry Training School (Spanish: Escuela Entrenamiento Básico De Infantería, EEBI) fields some 2,000–2,500 elite counter-insurgency troops, comprising Commandos (a.k.a. the "Black Berets")

Military schools

  • Military Academy of Paquador (Academia Militar de Paquador, AMP ) - opened on November 9, 1939
  • Basic Infantry Training School (Escuela de Entrenamiento Basico de Infanteria, EEBI )
  • Air Force School (Escuela del Aire)
  • Police Academy National Guard

Ranks

Commissioned officers

Different rank insignia are used by officers of the Army, Navy and Air Force respectively.

NATO code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and Student officer
Flag of Paquador.png Paquador No equivalent 16-Nicaragua Army-GEN.svg PaqArmy8.png 15-Nicaragua Army-MG.svg 14-Nicaragua Army-BG.svg 13-Nicaragua Army-COL.svg 12-Nicaragua Army-LTC.svg 11-Nicaragua Army-MAJ.svg 10-Nicaragua Army-CPT.svg 09-Nicaragua Army-1LT.svg 08-Nicaragua Army-2LT.svg
General de Ejército Teniente General Mayor General General de Brigada Coronel Teniente Coronel Mayor Capitán Teniente Subteniente Cadete
Flag of Paquador.png Paquador No equivalent PaqNavy14.png PaqNavy13.png 12-Nicaragua Navy-CDRE.svg 11-Nicaragua Navy-CAPT.svg 10-Nicaragua Navy-CDR.svg 09-Nicaragua Navy-LCDR.svg 08-Nicaragua Navy-LT.svg 07-Nicaragua Navy-LTJG.svg 06-Nicaragua Navy-ENS.svg 05-Nicaragua Navy-WO.svg
Almirante Vicealmirante Contralmirante Comodoro de Marina Capitán de Navío Capitán de Fragata Capitán de Corbeta Teniente de Navio Teniente de Fragata Alférez Guardiamarina
Flag of Paquador.png Paquador No equivalent 16-Nicaragua Air Force-GEN.svg PaqAF8.png 15-Nicaragua Air Force-MG.svg 14-Nicaragua Air Force-BG.svg 13-Nicaragua Air Force-COL.svg 12-Nicaragua Air Force-LTC.svg 11-Nicaragua Air Force-MAJ.svg 10-Nicaragua Air Force-CPT.svg 09-Nicaragua Air Force-1LT.svg 08-Nicaragua Air Force-2LT.svg
General de Fuerza Aerea Teniente General Mayor General General de Brigada Coronel Teniente Coronel Mayor Capitán Teniente Subteniente Cadete

Enlisted

The rank insignia for enlisted personnel for the army, navy and air force respectively.

NATO code OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1
Flag of Paquador.png Paquador


El-Salvador-Army-OR-9b.svg El-Salvador-Army-OR-9a.svg El-Salvador-Army-OR-8.svg El-Salvador-Army-OR-7.svg El-Salvador-Army-OR-6.svg El-Salvador-Army-OR-5.svg No equivalent El-Salvador-Army-OR-3.svg El-Salvador-Army-OR-2.svg No insignia
Sargento mayor de brigada Sargento mayor primero Sargento mayor Sargento de primera Sargento Subsargento Cabo Dragoneante Soldado
Flag of Paquador.png Paquador


EJERCITO 9 SGTO MYR BGDA.png EJERCITO 8 SGTO MYR PMRO.png EJERCITO 6 SGTO MYR.png EJERCITO 5 SGTO PMRO.png EJERCITO 4 SGTO.png EJERCITO 3 SSGTO.png No equivalent EJERCITO 2 CABO.png EJERCITO 1 DGTE.png No insignia
Sargento mayor de brigada Sargento mayor primero Sargento mayor Sargento de primera Sargento Subsargento Cabo Dragoneante Marinero