Swiss Guard at the Vatican- Recruits to the guard must be Catholic, single males with Swiss citizenship who have completed basic training with Swiss military and can obtain certificates of good conduct.Recruits must have a professional degree or high school diploma, must be between 19 and 30 years of age,and at least 5 feet 8.5 in. tall.
The Papal Swiss Guard: a police force like no other in the world. If you're in Rome you'll be sure to see them. Here's what they do, where they come from and where the best places for a good photo-call are.
"The tailors of the Swiss Guard uniforms work inside the Pontifical barracks and tailor-make the uniform for each guardsman individually. The uniform weighs 8 pounds, and may be the heaviest uniform in use by any standing army today. The Renaissance style makes them one of the most complicated to construct. A single uniform requires 154 pieces and takes nearly 32 hours and 3 fittings to complete.