MOCIDADE PORTUGUESA: YOUTH GROUPS

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Uniformed members of Mocidade Portuguesa carry the official flag of the youth organization.

To further his vision of Portugal, Salazar advocated the creation of paramilitary organizations for training the young, like the Mocidade Portuguesa (Portuguese Youth), formed in 1936. Uniforms conveyed a sense of collective discipline and nationalism in public exhibition and parades. The age groups in Mocidade Portuguesa, each with their own uniforms, were:

  • 7-10 years, Lusitos and Lusitas
  • 10-14 years, Infants
  • 14-17 years, Vanguardistas
  • 17-25 years, Cadets

Waning by the 1970s, Mocidade Portuguesa was abolished after the Carnation Revolution in 1974.