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Different types of uniforms used by GENDARMES

In the Armed Forces in general and the National Gendarmerie in particular, the uniform symbolises the identity of the soldier who wears it as it reflects the corps they belong to, their grade, as well as their past and aspirations.

In other words, the uniform plays a key role in identifying the National Gendarmerie personnel and in determining their professional environment.

Therefore, under circumstances that are well-defined and permitted by law, there are several kinds of uniforms:

  • Full evening uniform: intended for use exclusively by officers. This deep blue outfit is worn at gala events and official banquets.
  • Parade uniform: this outfit is worn in the Combined Military Services Academy (EMIA), in Non-commissioned Officers Training Schools, and by the personnel of the National Gendarmerie Band, in accordance with the specific provisions contained in the General Discipline in the Armed Forces.
  • Formal or ceremonial uniform also known as Tunic: this grey outfit is worn by officers and non-commissioned officers during official events. It consists of a jacket and trousers or skirt, with a command strip on both sides.

The ceremonial uniform for the rank and file is a grey outfit with shirt and trousers and a deep blue tie.

– Service uniform: this outfit is worn by all Gendarmes for routine duties and service. It includes the safari style uniform (outfit with short sleeves jacket and trousers or skirt) for commissioned officers; an outfit with bowling shirt and trousers/skirt for commissionned officers, non-commissioned officers and the rank and file; and an outfit with long sleeve shirt and trousers or skirt, intended for use exclusively by the rank and file. They are sky blue and grey (bowling outfit) and grey blue (safari style outfit and set of trousers and shirt).

  • Combat uniform: a green outfit with a jacket and camouflage trousers. It is intended for use during homeland defence and law enforcement operations.
  • Work uniform: this outfit is generally hydrone blue and worn by the rank and file when they are on fatigue duty inside the barracks.

Special outfits also exist. These are worn in some specialised units of the National Gendarmerie. including:

  • the GPIGN, whose service uniform consists of a black combat jacket and trousers; its work uniform, also called intervention uniform, is a black one-piece overall.
  • the Motorised Road Platoon uses a khaki safari style jacket with short sleeves and trousers; its work uniform consists of a combat jacket and trousers, in green-red-yellow colours with the dominance of green. This uniform is usually worn by motorcyclists during traffic flow control operations.

Besides, for UN peacekeeping and overseas operations, Gendarmes wear deep blue uniforms.

All these are supplemented by civilian dress for specific uses such as:

  • the sportswear for sports activities and the dark suit usually worn by bodyguards.