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National Guard
Garde Nationale
الحرس الوطني
el-Ḥaras el-Waṭanī
Official TNG insignia
Official TNG insignia
Mottoفداء للوطن
Redemption for the homeland
Agency overview
Formed1 April 1956[1]
Employees15,000 (est.)
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionTunisia
Constituting instrument
  • Beylical Decree of 6 September 1956, establishment of the National Guard[1]
General nature
Specialist jurisdiction
  • National border patrol, security, and integrity.
Operational structure
Elected officer responsible
  • Taoufik Charfeddine, Minister of the Interior
Parent agencyMinistry of the Interior

The Tunisian National Guard (French: Garde Nationale, Tunisian Arabic: الحرس الوطني, romanized: el-Ḥaras el-Waṭanī) is the national gendarmerie force of the Republic of Tunisia and separated from the Tunisian Armed Forces.


During French protectorate of Tunisia, the French national gendarmerie is tasked to maintain law and order in Tunisia.[2] Shortly after Tunisia's independence, the Tunisian National Guard was created in 1956 by Beylical Decree of 6 September 1956 to replace the French national gendarmerie, which returned to France.[1][3] Originally dependent on the ministry of Defense, the force was transferred to the Ministry of the Interior, due to President Habib Bourguiba's mistrust of the military.[4]


Tunisian National Guard, along with Tunisian National Police, is the first line of defense against internal security threat.[5] Tunisian National Guard role as stipulated in article 2 of Decree No. 2006-1162 on the special status of agents of the National Guard, are as follows:[6]


The Tunisian National Guard is led by a Director General, and consist of an inspectorate general and five directorate general, which are:[3][7]

Aside of five directorate general, It also have Directorate which works directly under Director General of the National Guard:[3]

Naval Vessels and Aircraft

27 Naval Vessels

3 Aircraft


Officer ranks
Rank group General/flag officers Senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
Tunisian National Guard[6]
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أمير لواء
'amir liwa'
ملازم أول
Mulazim awwal
Général de brigade Colonel-major Colonel Lieutenant-colonel Commandant Capitaine Lieutenant Sous-lieutenant
Other ranks
Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
Tunisian National Guard[6]
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وكيل أول
Wakil 'awal
عريف أول
Earif 'awal
رقيب أول
Raqib 'awal
جندي متطوع
Adjudant-chef Adjudant Sergent-chef Sergent Caporal-chef Caporal Soldat


  1. ^ a b c "Décret Beylical du 6 Septembre 1956 (30 moharem 1376), portant création de la garde nationale". Décret Beylical of 1956 (in French).
  2. ^ Blanchard, Emmanuel (2014). Bruinsma, Gerben; Weisburd, David (eds.). "French Colonial Police". Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Springer Publishing. 8: 1836–46. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_465ff.
  3. ^ a b c "Tunisian National Guard". FIEP. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  4. ^ Lutterbeck, Derek (2013), The Paradox of Gendarmeries: Between Expansion, Demilitarization and Dissolution (PDF), The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, pp. 43–44, doi:10.5334/bbs, ISBN 9781911529354
  5. ^ Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. "Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs: Tunisia Summary". US Department of State. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  6. ^ a b c "Statut particulier des agents de la Garde nationale". (in French). Tunisian Ministry of the Interior. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Nouvelles nominations à la Garde nationale". Business News (in French). 28 August 2021. Retrieved 12 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Création d'une nouvelle unité de la Garde nationale soutenue par 3 hélicoptères". Business News (in French). 21 August 2019. Retrieved 10 December 2021.