Attire and WeaponsEdit
Angels wear black, tactical uniforms, vests and body armor.
In terms of weapons, the Angels in the 1990 film adaption were seen armed with FN FAL battle rifles.
In the 2017 TV series, the Angels are armed with M4A1 carbines, Glock 17 handguns, M240B general purpose machine guns, and M60E4 general purpose machine guns as their standard-issue weapons.
The uniforms of the Angels puts them into stark contrast to the camouflage uniforms of the United States Armed Forces (the main opponents of the Angels and the Guardians due to the US Armed Forces still maintaining their loyalty to the US government-in-exile in Anchorage, Alaska).
Angels fight Gilead's wars and protect the country's borders. They also guard the Rachel and Leah Center. Angels are usually very devoted to the regime, as evidenced by the Angels not being swayed by Ofglen's attempts to seduce one to try and escape. They are rewarded for their loyalty and devout belief in Gilead with their high status. Angels are allowed many privileges, including being allowed to have a Wife. Some Angels are even permitted to have a Handmaid, though this usually only happens after they served Gilead well for several years. Guardians who serve well are eventually promoted to the rank of Angel, and so there are some Angels who are young men. Offred describes one Angel as barely looking out of his teens and guesses that he was recently promoted. However, it's implied that most Angels are slightly older. Angels are seen as heroes in Gilead, defending the citizens and their way of life, and bringing the 'wrath of God' onto the nation's enemies. However, the Angels (along with the Guardians) have committed numerous atrocities and crimes against humanity against the American people by killing innocent and unarmed civilians the Gilead regime deems as "un-Godly", "traitors", "worthless" or "gender traitors".
The Angels (and Guardians) are currently fighting the US Armed Forces (who are still loyal to the US government-in-exile in Anchorage, Alaska) and numerous armed rebel groups and pro-US citizen militias that are trying to liberate America from Gilead rule.
There is possible evidence that the majority of Gilead's Angels (and Guardians) were recruited in secret by the Sons of Jacob before their coup d'état against the United States government. It is also possible that the ranks of the pre-coup Angels and Guardians were made up of former US military personnel and Private Military Contractors (PMCs) who shared the beliefs and views of the Sons of Jacob. After the coup, the Angels started to quickly appear en masse on the streets of America to ruthlessly enforce Gilead's laws after the Sons of Jacob quickly suspended and eliminated the United States Constitution.