Military of Namibia

The constitution of Namibia defined the role of the military as "defending the territory and national interests." Namibia formed the National Defense Force (NDF), comprising former enemies in a 23-year bush war: the PLAN and South West African territorial force. The British formulated the force integration plan and began training the NDF, which consists of five battalions and a small headquarters element. The UNTAG Kenyan infantry battalion remained in Namibia for three months after independence to assist in training the NDF and stabilize the north. According to the Namibian Defense Ministry, enlistments of both men and women will number no more than 7,500. Currently, Namibia has no air force or navy. Defense and security account for less than 8% of government spending.

Defense cooperation at various levels has been explored with several governments, including the United States. Areas of cooperation include military education, training, and a fisheries program.

On May 21, 1990, Namibia signed a border-control agreement with Angola but to date has not entered into defense agreements with any country.

Military branches: National Defense Force (Army), Police

Military manpower - availability:
males age 15-49: 459,474 (2003 est.), 416,529 (2000 est.)

Military manpower - fit for military service:
males age 15-49: 274,015 (2003 est.), 248,581 (2000 est.)

Military expenditures - dollar figure: $73.1 million (FY02), $90 million (FY97/98)

Military expenditures - percent of GDP: 2.4% (FY02), 2.6% (FY97/98)

See also : Namibia

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