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Gabon Military
 
 
 

General

Gabon has a small, professional military of about 5,000 personnel, divided into army, navy, air force, gendarmerie and national police. Gabonese forces are oriented to the defence of the country and have not been trained for an offensive role. A well-trained, well-equipped 1,800-member guard provides security for the president.

France maintained a battalion of 750 marines in Gabon. Defence spending was estimated at $70.1 million in 2001, or 2% of GDP.

Overview

Military branches
Army, Navy, Air Force, National Gendarmerie, National Police

Military service age and obligation
20 years of age for compulsory and voluntary military service (2007)

Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49: 331,181
females age 16-49: 332,498 (2008 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
males age 16-49: 192,717
females age 16-49: 188,539 (2008 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
male: 16,558
female: 16,577 (2008 est.)

Military expenditures
3.4% of GDP (2005 est.)

 

 
 

 



 


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