In the fall 1977 the Carabinieri's HQ decided to establish a CT Unit to counter the growing terrorist phenomena. Few months later, the GIS "Gruppo Intervento Speciale" was born. GIS is the Carabinieri CT Unit and it responds directly to the Carabinieri' HQ and to the Ministry of Interior. The focus of GIS has always been on very high risk CT operations, such as the storming of hijacked aircraft.<br>In 1998 a group of GIS operators was deployed in Albania with the mission "ALBA" after the riot, like immediate reaction force and CT function.
Organization and recruitment
The 100-man GIS has 3 operational sections and 1 sniper/reconnaissance team. Every section is divided into detachment of four men. In every moment there's a section ready to leave the base in 30 min. Sniper team is usually formed by two snipers, equipped with Mauser 86SR, and by a scout, usually with a semi-automatic H&K PSG/1. During action men alternate in the scout role.<br>Every GIS soldier is a volunteer from the 1st Carabinieri...... Read More