Saudi Royal Guard Regiment

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Saudi Arabian Royal Guard

شعار الحرس الملكي السعودي.jpg
ActiveNovember 3, 1803 (215 years
ago by Imam Saud al Kabeer)[1]
Country Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
AllegianceCustodian of the Two Holy Mosques
Branch
TypeRoyal Guard
RoleCeremonial guard, light infantry
Size50,000+ (2017 est.)
Part of
  • Royal Guard Presidency
  • Royal Guard Emirate (1953– 1964)
  • Minstary of Defense (1933– 1953)
Garrison/HQRiyadh
Commanders
Current
commander
General Suheil al-Mutiri
Insignia
Coat of armsEmblem of Saudi Arabia.svg

The Saudi Arabian Royal Guard (Arabic: الحرس الملكي السعودي‎ Al-Ḥars al-Malakī as-Suʿūdī)is a unit in the Saudi military forces. Originally an independent military force, the Royal Guards were incorporated into the Armed Forces since its inception until 1953. It is not be confused with the SANG. However, the Royal Guards still retained their unique mission of protecting the House of Saud. Units of the Royal Guard protect the King of Saudi Arabia and other relatives at all times.[2]

The Royal Guards report directly to the king and for security reasons maintain a separate communications network from the regular Army.

Members of the Royal Guard Regiment often wore the flowing white thaub (robe) and white kaffiyah and qhutrah (traditional Arab headgear of skullcap and scarf). Royal Guardsmen wear bright green berets when in conventional uniforms.

The Royal Guard Regiment consists of three light infantry battalions, based near Riyadh. The commander of the Royal Guard is General Suheil al- Mutiri.

Ranks[edit]

Insignia for different ranks

Officers (up)

  • Field Marshal (Arabic:فريق أول)
  • First Class General (Arabic:فريق)
  • General (Arabic:لواء)
  • Brigadier General (Arabic:عميد)
  • Colonel (Arabic:عقيد)



Officers (down)

  • Lieutenant Colonel (Arabic:مقدم)
  • Major (Arabic:رائد)
  • Captain (Arabic:نقيب)
  • First Class Lieutenant (Arabic:ملازم أول)
  • Lieutenant (Arabic:ملازم)


Enlisted

  • Master Sergeant (Arabic:رئيس رقباء)
  • First Class Sergeant (Arabic:رقيب أول)
  • Sergeant (Arabic:رقيب)
  • Vice Sergeant (Arabic:وكيل رقيب)
  • Corporal (Arabic:عريف)
  • First Private (Arabic:جندي أول)
  • Private (Arabic:جندي)
Members of the Saudi Royal Guard Regiment with Trump and King Salman in May 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Khatab, Sayed (2011). Understanding Islamic Fundamentalism: The Theological and Ideological Basis of Al-Qa'ida's Political Tactics. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9789774164996. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  2. ^ Royal Saudi Land Forces