Often called Amazon Guard, they were female elite bodyguards of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Meanwhile, their official name was “revolutionary nuns”, or “green nuns”. The detachment consisted entirely of women who had received special military training. The division formed in the early 1980s, a few years after his resignation from the post of Gaddafi Libyan state and acceptance of of another title. In particular, the leader of the revolution together with the declaration of Libya’s Jamahiriya. However, the reasons for creating such a unit is unclear. According to the most common version, Gaddafi allegedly suggested that Arab terrorists, the victim of which he could be, will not be able to shoot at women. And another version, though more prosaic – female bodyguard was just one of the bizarre ways to attract the attention of the world.
Traditionally, 15 “Amazons” accompanied Gaddafi during his visits through the country and abroad. Noteworthy, in 1998 one of his bodyguards had saved his life at the cost of her own.
Personally selected by Gaddafi himself, all future “Amazons” went through serious training on possession of various types of weapons, firearms and unarmed combat. In addition, as reported, they had to make a vow of chastity. By decision of Gaddafi, “Amazon” wore Western-style military camouflage. Also, had bright makeup, long nails and hair and wore Western high-heeled shoes. However, the division ceased to exist after the elimination of Libya as a result of the civil war.