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The Switzerland Mountain, Air, and Land (MAL) squads is an elite group of soldiers serving the country of Switzerland. They are trained for a number of different missions, including reconaisince, fighting, hostage situations, survival situations, unconventional warfare, and other missions. All members must have served in the armed forces before and be able to climb mountains.
The history of the MALs can be traced back to the end of World War 2. The US decided not to use the Marshall Plan and decided to focus on the Pacific. Europe was a destroyed landmass with nobody protecting it. This left it open for Soviet takeover. The USSR expanded into Europe, going as far as the OTL Berlin Wall. Switzerland did not want to under the foot of the Soviets and trained its army and prepared it for war if it should break out. The Swiss created the Army MALs in 1956, designing to take on the Soviets. The commander of the MALs, Henri Guisan, who led the Swiss Military in World War 2, knew the Soviets had to pass the mountains to get in Switzerland. He had the MALs train for mountain warfare, guerrilla warfare, and unconventional warfare. He also knew if Switzerland was taken over the MALs would perform guerrilla warfare against the Soviet invaders. He had the MALs build bases in the mountains, which would train their strength. These underground bases, also known as the Guisan Tunnels, stretch apart some of the border with Germany. When Guisan died on April 7, 1960 he was known as the "Grandfather of the MALs". Control of the MALs went to Ulrick Wille Jr, who even though had tensions with Guisan during World War 2 was thought to be a good soldier. When the Third European War began Wille had the MALs perform black operations across France and Germany against the Soviets. Wille was pro-German so Germany came first. When the war ended Ulrich had the MALs perform peace-keeping operations all across Europe. The war also brought the MALs to train in underwater situations as the Soviets might smuggle soldiers in the lakes across Switzerland. When Wille Jr. retired from command in 1974 command of the MALs went to Colonel William Marck, who made a name for himself in the 1976 Swiss Hostage Situation. Defective Soviets held the chancellor of Switzerland hostage, demanding a ransom. Marck had the MALs sneak inside the mountain resort the defectors were using for a base and rescue the chancellor. The mission, known as Operation: Rescue, was a success and the chancellor was rescued. The Soivet defectors were captured and sent to prison. Marck was personally awarded by the chancellor himself. As the Soviet Union collapsed the MALs were sent to ensure democrat governments were set up.
The training for the MALs is vigorous with drop out rates of 60-70 percent. The trainees start with a hike up the Alps lasting 3 days. After that they have a jog in the Alps. After that the remaining trainees get to go in the Guisan Tunnels, and after studying the structure they must take a test on it. Trainees passing are sent the Training Course in the woods in the Alps, where they climb trees, run, crawl under barbed wire and in pipes, and other things. This Training Course becomes a regular thing for the Trainees, as they must complete this 3 times a day, and 7 laps a time. Then the trainees go train in the lakes for 3 months before weapon training. Even though all trainees must serve in the Armed Forces the instructors must see if the recruits can fire accurately. The recruits also practice in close-to-close combat. The final test is completing a simulated mission using simunition, fake ammunition. Each cadet will complete 2 squad missions and one mission alone. The missions differ for each recruit and include search-and-destroy, asssassination, hostage rescue, and underwater combat. After completing the missions the remaining cadets will be awarded the MAL patch, badge, and uniform. Once the cadet receives a handshake from the commander of the Swiss armed forces and a salute from the MAL Commander the recruit is officially a member of the Switzerland Army MALs.
|Assault Rifles:||FAMAS||Stgw. 50||Stgw. 90||AK-47||AK-74|
|Sniper Rifles:||FR F2||Dragunov||FN FNAR||PGM 338|
|Anti-Tank:||LRAC F1||Wasp 58|
The weapons that the MALs use are from France, the Soviet Union, Italy, and Austria. The weapons the MALs use are the same as the Swiss army uses except the MALs get them earlier.
The MALs are members of squads, 6 members per squad. They are then organized into team. The squads are then grouped in Groups.
Group 1: MAL Squad 1, MAL Squad 2, MAL Squad 3, MAL Squad 4
Group 2: MAL Squad 5, MAL Squad 6, MAL Squad 7, MAL Squad 8
Group 3: MAL Mountain Vehicle Squad 1, MAL Mountain Vehicle Squad 2
Group 4: MAL Lake Vehicle Squad 1, MAL Lake Vehicle Squad 2
Group 5: MAL All Terrain Vechicle Squad 1, MAL Mechanised Squad 1
MAL squads are headed by a Lieutenant, teams are headed by a Colonel, and groups are headed by Major-General. Each team has its own headquarters in the Guisan Tunnels.