Kaibiles: Elite forces trained for preserving - and willing to preserve - peace

Exporting a non-traditional product such as peace implies risks and costs for the State and the nation. However, Guatemala is a responsible member of the international community that stands by its commitments to support the efforts of the United Nations to deploy a military force that, both legally and legitimately, consolidates the peace processes in those countries where there is need for a helping hand.
WRITER-ID | 30 April 2013

Exporting a non-traditional product such as peace implies risks and costs for the State and the nation. However, Guatemala is a responsible member of the international community that stands by its commitments to support the efforts of the United Nations to deploy a military force that, both legally and legitimately, consolidates the peace processes in those countries where there is need for a helping hand.

The Kaibiles are trained with a single purpose in mind, to be part of Guatemala’s Army Special Forces, in order to serve the nation full time, obeying the motto: “Fearful of God, respectful of the law and at the service of Guatemalan people”. This is a commitment with no expiration date, in which every Kaibil becomes a leader that must earn his subordinates’ trust in the terrain and during full operational activity, setting the standard of temperance at all times keeping hope alive, and justifying sacrifice to achieve victory.

It has been said long ago that the meaning of Kaibil is “the man that has the strength and shrewdness of two tigers”. Success in his performance stems from his spiritual temperance, physical endurance, and mental agility to solve the challenges of military tasks, at any time or circumstance. His attitude is in itself a guarantee of someone who reaches goals and conquers objectives, making this his particular way of seeing and living life.

This elite soldier does not try to execute an order – he complies with it. His unmatched strength comes from being able and willing to face every obstacle: the only thing that stops him is death itself. These troops are the morale and pride of Guatemala’s Army. It is the duty of the Kaibiles to maintain their principal distinctive immaculate: unbreakable loyalty towards the nation and its institutions that is up to any test. That’s why they are called on to face the challenges of preserving peace in other latitudes.

This mission is complex, but not impossible. To bring hope, shelter, security and peace entails total devotion in serving our fellow human beings. The Kaibiles are trained according to the United Nations’ standards in order to join the troops deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo that are currently working shoulder to shoulder to consolidate peace in the heart of Africa.

Our Special Forces Soldiers are sent in representation of their homeland, knowing in their hearts that through their hard work, devotion and sacrifice they are honoring their beloved country. Thus, the execution of Peace Keeping Operations (pacification, maintenance, imposition and building of peace) must be optimum.

The collected experiences of previous deployments in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as in other countries show the road to success, which is never the product of chance, but of hard, professional, efficient and effective work. Taking the lead and applying maximum creative thinking are required to maneuver past the obstacles and shadows that the African scenario presents: its history, culture, weather, social dynamics, religious and ethnic composition, together with the peculiarities of the conflict make the accomplishment of the mission an endless thread of tasks which all together provide answers to the requirements of the circumstance, the survival of our troops during operations and above all, preserving peace.

You are a Kaibil when you acknowledge that if you endure extenuation, it is not for the sake of it; if you endure hunger, it is not for lack of a need to eat; if you face death, it is not because you lack a love of life; all of the above is done for a better and superior Army, which is sending its best Soldiers far from its own borders with a message of peace, delivered in seven countries within three different continents.

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