Sao Tome and Principe

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Sao Tome and Principe Military 2008

Military branches: Armed Forces of Sao Tome and Principe (FASTP): Army, Coast Guard of Sao Tome e Principe (Guarda Costeira de Sao Tome e Principe, GCSTP), Presidential Guard (2007)
Military service age and obligation: 18 years of age (est.) (2004)
Manpower available for military service: males age 16-49: 42,340 females age 16-49: 43,781 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service: males age 16-49: 33,735 females age 16-49: 36,779 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually: male: 2,437 female: 2,394 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures: 0.8% of GDP (2006)
Military - note: Sao Tome and Principe's army is a tiny force with almost no resources at its disposal and would be wholly ineffective operating unilaterally; infantry equipment is considered simple to operate and maintain but may require refurbishment or replacement after 25 years in tropical climates; poor pay, working conditions, and alleged nepotism in the promotion of officers have been problems in the past, as reflected in the 1995 and 2003 coups; these issues are being addressed with foreign assistance aimed at improving the army and its focus on realistic security concerns; command is exercised from the president, through the Minister of Defense, to the Chief of the Armed Forces staff (2005)

NOTE: The military information regarding Sao Tome and Principe 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 Sao Tome and Principe Military 2008 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Sao Tome and Principe Military 2008 should be addressed to the CIA.