Holy See (Vatican City)

Holy See (Vatican City) Military Stats


  • Absence of military (notes): This list shows countries that have no permanent army, whose defense has been assigned to non-military forces such as the police, or is assumed by the military forces from other countries by virtue of a treaty. Each entry describes the current status of each country on regards to its defense.
  • Branches: The names of the ground, naval, air, marine, and other defense or security forces
  • Military branches: This entry lists the service branches subordinate to defense ministries or the equivalent (typically ground, naval, air, and marine forces).
  • Military service age and obligation: This entry gives the required ages for voluntary or conscript military service and the length of service obligation.
Absence of military (notes) Maintains a Gendarmerie Corps for internal policing. The Swiss Guard is a unit belonging to the Holy See , not the Vatican City State. There is no defense treaty with Italy , as it would violate the Vatican's neutrality, but informally the Italian military protects Vatican City. The Palatine Guard and Noble Guard were abolished in 1970. 2014
Branches Pontifical Swiss Guard (Corpo della Guardia Svizzera Pontificia) 2008
Military branches Pontifical Swiss Guard Corps (Corpo della Guardia Svizzera Pontificia) 2013
Military service age and obligation Pontifical Swiss Guard Corps (Corpo della Guardia Svizzera Pontificia): 19-30 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription; must be Roman Catholic, a Swiss citizen, with a secondary education 2013


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