PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
We are looking for able, keen and proficient candidates. Acquiring professional skills is a good indicator of these qualities. Therefore, we require applicants having passed a study curriculum of at least three years or, in rare exceptions, two years of good professional training.

MALE ONLY
The Guards are housed in double or triple rooms. At the beginning they are in dormitories.The camaraderie between young unmarried men should not be undervalued. A mixed Corps is not appropriate in our service and community life.

CELIBACY
For reasons of service we are bound to live in the Vatican and places for socialising are very limited. There are very few apartments available. To be allowed to marry Guards must be at least 25, have served for at least three years, commit themselves to serving for another three years and have at least the rank of Corporal.

UNDER 30 YEARS OF AGE
Anyone who wants to become a Swiss Guard had better decide early. Our Corps is a young one. Often, older recruits find it more difficult to integrate. We do not accept candidates who are over 30 years of age. However, under certain conditions, former Guards can return to the Corps