Manaus – The Center of Education of War in the Jungle (CIGS) started working in the capital of Amazonas state 47 years ago and it already graduated 5,213 jungle warriors. Up to 2030, the CIGS wants to graduate 1,200 jungle combatants per year. In this sense, it would start to act like a School of War in the Jungle.
In 2011, the CIGS will graduate a total of 200 jungle warriors. The least number would be of 400. In next 20 years, the Center wants to “produce” at least 23 thousand combatants.
At present, Brazil has a contingent of 27 thousand soldiers in the Amazon region. This number must come close to 50 thousand up to 2030.
The main challenge of the CIGS is to get soldiers to specialize for the combat in the jungle, carrying out researches and doctrinal experimentations for the defense and protection of the Amazon region. That means that the jungle warrior is prepared to know all the aspects of the forest and not only for the military coping.
At present, Belize, Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, Guyana, Peru and Okinawa, in Japan, have schools of graduation of jungle warriors. Considered by the foreigners as the best in the world, the CIGS already keeps official instructors in Colombia, Guyana and Peru.
Up to today, the CIGS graduated 419 foreign soldiers, being 281 Latin-Americans, 86 Frenchmen, 25 North Americans and 13 Africans. Besides, 217 officials of the Brazilian Navy, 64 of the Air Force and 151 of several military polices and fire brigades have passed through the CIGS.
Another twelve traineeships were executed with 167 soldiers and 337 civilians, like executives of the Coca-Cola and activists of the Greenpeace.
In 2010, the CIGS created a course turned to the area of health in the jungle.
However, the investment done in the production of the “jungle warrior made in Brazil” isn´t accompanied by the infrastructure offered by the country.
While Colombia has more than 300 North American motorboats to fight the drug trafficking, with machine guns, GPS and grenades, the Brazilian soldiers are obliged to take a risk in aluminum vessels known in the region as “flying ones”.
Of the little more than 17 thousand kilometers of border that Brazil has with ten countries, eleven thousand are under the responsibility of the Military Command of the Amazon region (CMA). It is 42 percent of the national territory to be patrolled and defended. In the region, 22 thousand kilometers of rivers are navigable.
Nearly 15 million people (10 percent of the population of the country) live in only six of the states that mark the jurisdiction of the CMA.
The number of military organizations situated in the border is 29. The foresight is that more three brigades will be created: in Belém, Manaus and Rio Branco.