National Guard to Sedena: 5 key points to understand AMLO's reform

Military personnel may carry out support operations for public security institutions in the terms established by the applicable legal framework.

This Friday, the plenary session of the  Chamber of Senators approved in general and in particular the minute that reforms the Law of the National Guard and Public Security, and grants the Secretariat of National Defense  (Sedena)  administrative control and National Guard operation.

The project was approved in particular with 69 votes in favor, 50 against, and two abstentions. Now it will be sent to the Executive.

Here are the five key points to understand what this reform proposed by President Andrés Manuel



 López Obrador is all about:


Sedena will now have the power to exercise operational and administrative control of the National Guard, by the National Strategy for Public Security defined by the Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC).
  • Military personnel may carry out support operations for public security institutions in the terms established by the applicable legal framework.

  • Sedena will be responsible for issuing the organization, procedure, and public service manuals of the National Guard, as well as preparing the operational programs and strategies of this institution. It will have the power to organize the territorial distribution of the GN and propose adjustments to its organizational structure.

  • The National Guard will carry out its operations through a structure that will be made up of heads of the command levels of the Sedena, Command, Territorial Coordination, State Coordination, and Unit Coordination.

  • The hierarchical equivalence between the Armed Forces and the National Guard is as follows: The General Commissioner and the Chief Commissioner as second in command will be at the head of the GN; at the head of the Army and Air Force will be the Division General and in second place the Brigadier General; at the head of the Navy will be the Admiral and Vice Admiral.

This Friday, President López Obrador celebrated the approval in the Senate of the Republic of the National Guard and Public Security Law.

“Thank you senators very much for approving this Law. That is the most important thing, that the law was approved so that the National Guard is operated, and has the guidance and example of Sedena. I have said it several times, the National Guard must take care not to fall into the same mistake that the Federal Police suffered, which rotted, was spoiled. It was a school to train corrupt, dishonest public officials, human rights violators,” said the president.