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Barbados Military 2008

Military branches: Royal Barbados Defense Force: Troops Command, Barbados Coast Guard (2007)
Military service age and obligation: 18 years of age for voluntary military service (younger requires parental consent); no conscription (2008)
Manpower available for military service: males age 16-49: 75,265 females age 16-49: 75,389 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service: males age 16-49: 58,556 females age 16-49: 58,143 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually: male: 2,157 female: 2,155 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures: 0.5% of GDP (2006 est.)
Military - note: the Royal Barbados Defense Force includes a land-based Troop Command and a small Coast Guard; the primary role of the land element is to defend the island against external aggression; the Command consists of a single, part-time battalion with a small regular cadre that is deployed throughout the island; it increasingly supports the police in patrolling the coastline to prevent smuggling and other illicit activities (2007)

NOTE: The military information regarding Barbados on this page is re-published from the 2008 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Barbados Military 2008 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Barbados Military 2008 should be addressed to the CIA.