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Military in Bolivia
 
 
 

General

The Bolivian military comprises three branches: an Army (Ejercito Boliviano), Navy (Armada Boliviana) and Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Boliviana). The legal age for voluntary admissions is 18; however, when the numbers are small the government recruits anyone as young as 14. It is estimated that 20% of the Bolivian army is between the ages 14 and 16 while another 20% is from 16 to 18. The tour of duty is generally 12 months. The Bolivian government annually spends $130 million on defence.

Overview

Military branches
Bolivian Armed Forces: Bolivian Army (Ejercito Boliviano), Bolivian Navy (Armada Boliviana; includes marines), Bolivian Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Boliviana, FAB) (2008)

Military service age and obligation
18 years of age for 12-month compulsory military service; when annual number of volunteers falls short of goal, compulsory recruitment is effected, including conscription of boys as young as 14; 15-19 years of age for voluntary premilitary service, provides exemption from further military service (2008)

Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49: 2,295,746
females age 16-49: 2,366,828 (2008 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
males age 16-49: 1,600,219
females age 16-49: 1,815,514 (2008 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
male: 107,051
female: 103,620 (2008 est.)

Military expenditures
1.9% of GDP (2006)

 

 
 

 



 


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