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The Gambia Military
 
 
 

General

The Gambian Army consists of infantry battalions, the national guard, and the navy, all under the authority of the Department of State for Defence. Prior to the 1994 coup, the Gambian Army received technical assistance and training from the United States, People's Republic of China, Nigeria and Turkey. With the withdrawal of most of this aid, the army has received renewed assistance from Turkey, Pakistan and Taiwan and new assistance from Libya and others.

Members of the Gambian military have participated in ECOMOG, the West African force deployed during the Liberian civil war beginning in 1990. Responsibilities for internal security and law enforcement rest with the Gambian police/gendarme force under the Inspector General of Police and the Ministry of Interior.

Overview

Military branches :
Office of the Chief of Defence Staff: Gambian National Army (GNA), Gambian Navy (GN) (2010)

Military service age and obligation :
18 years of age for male and female voluntary military service; no conscription (2010)

Manpower available for military service :
males age 16-49: 423,306
females age 16-49: 438,641 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service :
males age 16-49: 315,176
females age 16-49: 347,017 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually :
male: 20,508
female: 20,853 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures :
0.9% of GDP (2009)

 

 
 

 



 


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