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Belarus Military

The Armed Forces of Belarus have three branches: the Army, the Air Force, and the Ministry of Defence joint staff, all under the command of the Ministry of Defence. The President of Belarus serves as Commander-in-Chief.

The Armed Forces were formed in 1992 using parts of the former Soviet Armed Forces on the new republic's territory. The transformation of the ex-Soviet forces into the Armed Forces of Belarus, which was completed in 1997, reduced the number of its soldiers by 30,000 and restructured its leadership and military formations. Most of Belarus's service members are conscripts, who serve for 12 months if they have higher education or 18 months if they do not. However, demographic decreases in the Belarusians of conscription age have increased the importance of contract soldiers, who numbered 12,000 as of 2001. In 2005, about 1.4% of Belarus's gross domestic product was devoted to military expenditures.[

Belarus has not expressed a desire to join NATO but has participated in the Individual Partnership Program since 1997.


Military branches
Belarus Armed Forces: Land Force, Air and Air Defence Force (2009)

Military service age and obligation
18-27 years of age for compulsory military service; conscript service obligation - 18 months (2005)

Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49: 2,491,643
females age 16-49: 2,528,779 (2008 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
males age 16-49: 1,720,049
females age 16-49: 2,069,898 (2009 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
male: 60,009
female: 56,834 (2009 est.)

Military expenditures
1.4% of GDP (2005 est.)





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