Mexico Approves Reform of Armed Forces for Participation in The Fight against Organized Crime
By Dialogo March 14, 2011
The Mexican Army and Air Force will participate in the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking, following the approval by the National Defense and Legislative Study Conference Committees of a new law, an initiative of President Felipe Calderón, that reforms the legal provisions that regulate both forces’ activities.
Thus, the new Organic Act authorizes the Secretariat of National Defense to make use of all the administrative and professional personnel of both forces by shifting them to active service, according to the newspaper El Sol de México [The Mexico City Sun].
The modification was made to Article 164, according to which military personnel on active duty may be reclassified under a different service or arm, for the purpose of maintaining Army and Air Force operational capability in the performance of specific tasks requiring a high degree of specialization, in the hope of thereby achieving significant savings in time and training resources, whenever the service personnel already have military training.
The Mexican authorities now have at their disposal a mechanism for the availability of professionally trained and better instructed troops.