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WORKING ABROAD / DEC. 27, 2012
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Working as a Civil Guard in Spain

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The Guardia Civil is one of the three primary national law enforcements in Spain. They are responsible for a number duties, these include: rural policing, firearms and explosives control, protection of communication routes (airports, railway, highway, coasts, ports), ensuring that all laws are complied with throughout Spain and the transportation of criminals and prisoners in the country.

Join the Civil Guard

The Civil Guard of Spain ensures that the country has peaceful relations with foreign countries and is considered to be on the level of a federal military-status police force. The motto of the Civil Guards is “Honor is my emblem” that focuses on the entities morale and belief.

The following are the basic requirements for working as a Civil Guard:

  • Applicants must be Spanish nationals
  • Have full access to civil rights in Spain
  • Evidence of good citizenship
  • Clean police record
  • Be between the age of 18 and 33 years old
  • Must pass the written tests, psychophysical tests, personal interview and medical examination

Training

There are three periods of discretionary superior scale training to qualify as a Civil Guard in Spain. These are:

  1. Military Training: 2 months
  2. Basic Training: 2 months
  3. Specific Vocational Training: 3 months

Career Advancement

Civil Guards are considered to be the equivalent of professional soldiers of the military in Spain. There are 6 scales of Civil Guard personnel: Superior Officer, Officers, Superior optional, Technical optional, NCO and Rope and Guards. There is a lot of room for progress and advancement within this field therefore it is a highly competitive environment for individuals.

Civil Guard Duties

The position of a Spanish Civil Guard integrates a number of duties, some of which include:

  • Highway patrol
  • Protecting the Royal Family and the King of Spain
  • Airport security
  • Counter drugs and anti-smuggling in Spain
  • Customs at all ports of entry
  • Coast guard
  • Anti-terrorism
  • Hunting permits and enforcing environment laws
  • Weapons licensing and arms control within the country

 

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