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At the end of 2005, there were 135 members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard. This number consisted of a Commandant (bearing the rank of Oberst or Colonel), a chaplain, three officers, one sergeant major (Feldwebel), 30 NCOs, and 99 halberdiers, the rank equivalent to private (so called because of their traditional halberd). (As per Wikipedia)

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An estimated 100 of the total force of 950 men.

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What country are the Swiss guards based in?

The Swiss guards are generally based in Vatican City.

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Swiss army.

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The Swiss Guards are the body guards of the pope.

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The Swiss guards are from Switzerland. They are unmarried men between the ages of 19 and 30, and they would have been trained by the Swiss Armed Forces.

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The Pontifical Swiss Guard are not Swedish.For more information on the Swiss Guard see the link below.

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