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The Kaibiles (singular: Kaibil) are a special operations force of the Military of Guatemala. They specialise in jungle warfare tactics and counter-insurgency operations.
The corps' soldiers are distinguished from regular troops by maroon berets with patches bearing a blazing sword. Its motto is: "If I advance, follow me. If I stop, urge me on. If I retreat, kill me."
On 5 December 1974, Guatemala's military government created its Commando School (Escuela de Commandos). Three months later, on 5 March 1975, it renamed it the Kaibil Special Operations Training Centre (Centro de Adiestramiento y Operaciones Especiales Kaibil). The name "Kaibil" is derived from Kayb'il B'alam (Kaibil Balam), a Mam indigenous leader who evaded capture by the Spanish conquistadors under Pedro de Alvarado.
Initially, the Kaibil Centre was located on two estates, El Infierno ("Hell") and La Pólvora ("Gunpowder") in the municipality of Melchor de Mencos, Petén department. On 12 January 1989, it was moved to the former headquarters of Military Zone 23, in Poptún, Petén.
According to the Ministry of Defence, the Kaibil Centre's mission is to train and develop elite commando forces: "To select, by means of arduous, difficult training under physical and mental pressure, members of the army capable of engaging in commando operations."
The Kaibiles are infamous for their reputed practice of forcing recruits to bite the heads off live chickens. [1] They also must drink river water out of a recently fired artillery shell, with the burnt residue still inside.[citation needed] Kaibiles are known for doing field medical work on themselves in the line of fire. For example, most Kaibiles, when injured by a gunshot, pull their knife out, cut an X on the wound, and pull the bullet out (after ascertaining that the bullet is safe to remove).[citation needed]
Recruitment is voluntary. However, several physical and psychological tests are required before entering. The training is given twice a year and lasts 60 days. Only 64 participants are allowed per training period, not older than 28 years of age. No more than 10 have ever graduated on a single period. Members of foreign military forces are sometimes selected to participate in training, which is considered a privilege and an honour.
The commandos are trained in guerrilla warfare, counter-guerrilla operations, military behaviour, map reading, psychological preparation, military intelligence and counter-intelligence. Their technical preparation includes a special self-defence system known as Temv-K'a (which means "Hands of Storm"), communications, survival techniques, obstacle courses, military hiking, special weapons, demolitions and emergency medical training. This includes aerial operations, day and night navigation, camp setup and security, evasion, escape, interventions and ambushes.
Even though in the past they were meant to be an anti-guerrilla unit, today they are oriented towards anti-terrorism, anti-kidnapping and anti-narcotics efforts, in line with current needs.
The first part of training involves the removal of any medal, patch or condecoration that the soldier may carry on his/her uniform. This degradation is a major cause for immediate desertion.
During training, every soldier has a cuaz (which in Q'eqchi' means: "Brother") assigned for the rest of their training. They become partners: they sleep, eat, and work together all the time. If one makes a mistake, they both suffer the consequences. Training is relentless. Actions take place during daytime and nighttime. Sleep is permitted for no longer than three hours a day, if the right to it is earned. They are trained to eat "anything that moves".
Recent history
Kaibil unit patrolling in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Currently there are Kaibiles stationed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of the United Nations MONUC peace-keeping force. On 23 January 2006, eight Kaibiles were killed and five others were wounded during an ambush by guerrillas in Congo's Garamba National Park. They were on a botched secret mission to try to capture or kill Vincent Otti, the deputy commander of Uganda's notorious Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).[citation needed]
More recently, some former members of the Kaibiles (along with members of the Mara Salvatrucha, MS-13 street gang), have formed relationships with the Los Zetas mercenary group. Los Zetas are a group of elite Mexican paratroopers and intelligence operatives who deserted their Special Air Mobile Force Group in 1991 and have since been hired as "enforcers" by the drugs traffickers of the Gulf Cartel

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