The Mexican Cuerpo de Fuerzas Especiales is a special forces unit of the Mexican Army. Within the SF Corps, there are regular, intermediate, the regular-service soldiers usually operate as light infantry. The intermediate-service soldiers usually are instructors, the veteran-service soldiers of the Grupo Aeromóvil de Fuerzas Especiales del Alto Mando handle Black-Ops missions. Also known as the COIFE, the Special Forces Corps of the Mexican Army is equivalent to the U. S. Army Special Forces, GAFE was created in 1986 as the Fuerza de Intervención Rápida to provide security for the FIFA World Cup soccer games in Mexico City. Frances GIGN trained the group in special weapons and counter-terrorism tactics, on June 1,1990 the group adopted its most known name, GAFE, becoming a Corps in 2013 as part of the expansion of the Army. It again changed its name from GAFE to CFE, eight years later the GAFEs saw action fighting EZLN guerrillas in Chiapas. There is scant public information about the operations in which participated during that conflict. It is also known that at some point several members were trained in the infamous US Army School of the americas, in enhanced interrogation techniques, nowadays the army special forces continue fighting the war against drug cartels in Mexico. They have successfully captured many big drug leaders such as Benjamin Arellano Felix of the Tijuana Cartel, in 1994 the EZLN guerrilla seized several towns across the southern state of Chiapas. The Mexican government sent in GAFEs to put down the insurgents, within hours,30 rebels were killed and others were captured. Later their bodies were disposed on a riverbank – with their ears, in the year 1999, about 34 GAFE defectors, were recruited to join the Gulf Cartel, serving as the cartels armed wing, which became known as Los Zetas. By 2011 only 10 of the original 34 zetas remained fugitives, most of them have been killed or captured by Mexican Army, Federal Police and the Special Forces Corps. Since its creation they have received a variety of training from different special forces groups from around the world. The Army unified all the knowledge by creating in 1998 the Escuela Militar de Fuerzas Especiales and this became the Centro de Adiestramiento de Fuerzas Especiales, located in the foothills of the Iztaccíhuatl volcano, on 1 May 2002. The basic special forces course lasts 6 months, Training also takes place in different scenarios in the state of Guerrero. Urban/Intervention, San Miguel de los Jagueyes, La Casa de la Muerte in Puebla and Temamatla, mountain, El Salto, Durango, and Guerrero. Desert Operations Training Center, Laguna Salada and Baja California Airmobile/Airborne, Air Force base of Santa Lucía, Estado de México, high mountain, Nevado de Toluca, Iztaccíhuatl and Pico de Orizaba volcanoes. Fast Attack Vehicle/Light Strike Vehicle, Humvee, customized Dodge Ram pickup trucks, all-terrain vehicles, Plasan Sand Cat, off-road motorcycles and inflatable/fast boats
Special Forces Corp 5th Battalion Shoulder Patch
Official Cuerpo de Fuerzas Especiales green beret.