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Military branches

This page shows the value of the Military branches information field for all countries in the Country Guide.

Notes on this field are available at the Information Field Notes page.

Afghanistan

NA; note - the military does not exist on a national basis; some elements of the former Army, Air and Air Defense Forces, National Guard, Border Guard Forces, National Police Force (Sarandoi), and tribal militias still exist but are factionalized among the various groups

Albania

Army, Navy, Air and Air Defense Forces, Interior Ministry Troops, Border Guards

Algeria

National Popular Army, Navy, Air Force, Territorial Air Defense, National Gendarmerie

Angola

Army, Navy, Air and Air Defense Forces, National Police Force

Antigua and Barbuda

Royal Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force, Royal Antigua and Barbuda Police Force (includes Coast Guard)

Argentina

Argentine Army, Navy of the Argentine Republic (includes Naval Aviation, Marines, and Coast Guard), Argentine Air Force, National Gendarmerie, National Aeronautical Police Force

Armenia

Army, Air Force and Air Defense Aviation, Air Defense Force, Security Forces (internal and border troops)

Australia

Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force

Austria

Army (includes Flying Division)

Azerbaijan

Army, Navy, Air and Air Defense Forces, Border Guards

Bahamas, The

Royal Bahamas Defense Force (Coast Guard only), Royal Bahamas Police Force

Bahrain

Ground Force, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Police Force

Bangladesh

Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, paramilitary forces (includes Bangladesh Rifles, Bangladesh Ansars, Village Defense Parties, National Cadet Corps), Armed Police battalions

Barbados

Royal Barbados Defense Force (includes Ground Forces and Coast Guard), Royal Barbados Police Force

Belarus

Army, Air Force, Air Defense Force, Interior Ministry Troops, Border Guards

Belgium

Army, Navy, Air Force, National Gendarmerie

Belize

Belize Defense Force (includes Ground Forces, Maritime Wing, Air Wing, and Volunteer Guard), Belize National Police

Benin

Armed Forces (includes Army, Navy, Air Force), National Gendarmerie

Bermuda

Bermuda Regiment, Bermuda Police Force, Bermuda Reserve Constabulary

Bhutan

Royal Bhutan Army, Palace Guard, Militia, Royal Police Force

Bolivia

Army (Ejercito Boliviano), Navy (Fuerza Naval Boliviana, includes Marines), Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Boliviana), National Police Force (Policia Nacional de Bolivia)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Federation Army or VF (composed of both Croatian and Bosniak elements), Army of the Serb Republic (composed of Bosnian Serb elements); note - within both of these forces air and air defense are subordinate commands

Botswana

Botswana Defense Force (includes Army and Air Wing), Botswana National Police

Brazil

Brazilian Army, Brazilian Navy (includes naval air and marines), Brazilian Air Force, Federal Police (paramilitary)

Brunei

Land Forces, Navy, Air Force, Royal Brunei Police

Bulgaria

Army, Navy, Air and Air Defense Forces, Border Troops, Internal Troops, Railway and Construction Troops

Burkina Faso

Army, Air Force, National Gendarmerie, National Police, People's Militia

Burundi

Army (includes naval and air units), paramilitary Gendarmerie

Cambodia

Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), including Army, Navy, and Air Force - created in 1993 by the merger of the Cambodian People's Armed Forces and the two noncommunist resistance armies (Note: there are also resistance forces comprised of the Khmer Rouge (also known as the National United Army or NUA) and a separate royalist resistance movement)

Cameroon

Army, Navy (includes Naval Infantry), Air Force, National Gendarmerie, Presidential Guard

Canada

Canadian Forces (includes Land Forces Command or LC, Maritime Command or MC, Air Command or AC, Communications Command or CC, Training Command or TC), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

Cape Verde

single branch that includes both ground and naval elements

Cayman Islands

Royal Cayman Islands Police Force (RCIPF)

Central African Republic

Central African Armed Forces (includes Republican Guard and Air Force), Presidential Guard, National Gendarmerie, Police Force

Chad

Armed Forces (includes Ground Force, Air Force, and Gendarmerie), Republican Guard, Rapid Intervention Force, Police, Rural and Nomadic Guard (GNNT)

Chile

Army, Navy (includes Naval Air, Coast Guard, and Marines), Air Force, Carabineros of Chile (National Police), Investigations Police (Note: normally administered by Ministry of Interior; in times of national emergency, Carabineros and Investigations Police are considered part of the military)

China

People's Liberation Army (PLA), which includes the Ground Forces, Navy (includes Marines and Naval Aviation), Air Force, Second Artillery Corps (the strategic missile force), People's Armed Police (internal security troops, nominally subordinate to Ministry of Public Security, but included by the Chinese as part of the "armed forces" and considered to be an adjunct to the PLA in wartime)

Colombia

Army (Ejercito Nacional), Navy (Armada Nacional, includes Marines and Coast Guard), Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Colombiana), National Police (Policia Nacional)

Comoros

Comoran Security Force

Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Army, Navy, Air Force, Presidential Security Group, Gendarmerie

Congo, Republic of the

Army, Air Force, Navy, Gendarmerie

Costa Rica

Coast Guard, Air Section, Ministry of Public Security Force (Fuerza Publica);

Cote d'Ivoire

Army, Navy, Air Force, paramilitary Gendarmerie, Republican Guard (includes Presidential Guard), Sapeur-Pompier (Military Fire Group)

Croatia

Ground Forces, Naval Forces, Air and Air Defense Forces, Frontier Guard, Home Guard

Cuba

Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) includes ground forces, Revolutionary Navy (MGR), Air and Air Defense Force (DAAFAR), Territorial Troops Militia (MTT), and Youth Labor Army (EJT); the Border Guard (TGF) is controlled by the Interior Ministry

Cyprus

Greek Cypriot area: Greek Cypriot National Guard (GCNG; includes air and naval elements), Hellenic Forces Regiment on Cyprus (ELDYK), Greek Cypriot Police; Turkish Cypriot area: Turkish Cypriot Security Force (TCSF), Turkish mainland army units

Czech Republic

Army, Air and Air Defense Forces, Civil Defense, Railroad Units

Denmark

Royal Danish Army, Royal Danish Navy, Royal Danish Air Force, Home Guard

Djibouti

Djibouti National Army (includes Navy and Air Force)

Dominica

Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force (includes Special Service Unit, Coast Guard)

Dominican Republic

Army, Navy, Air Force, National Police

Ecuador

Army (Ejercito Ecuatoriano), Navy (Armada Ecuatoriana, includes Marines), Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana), National Police (Policia Nacional)

Egypt

Army, Navy, Air Force, Air Defense Command

El Salvador

Army, Navy, Air Force

Equatorial Guinea

Army, Navy, Air Force, Rapid Intervention Force, National Police

Eritrea

Army, Navy, Air Force

Estonia

Ground Forces, Navy/Coast Guard, Air and Air Defense Force (not officially sanctioned), Maritime Border Guard, Volunteer Defense League (Kaitseliit), Security Forces (internal and border troops)

Ethiopia

Ground Forces, Air Force, Police, Militia (Note: Ethiopia is landlocked and has no navy; following the independence of Eritrea, Ethiopian naval facilities remained in Eritrean possession and ships which belonged to the former Ethiopian Navy and based at Djibouti have been sold)

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

British Forces Falkland Islands (includes Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, and Royal Marines), Police Force

Faroe Islands

no organized native military forces; only a small Police Force and Coast Guard are maintained

Fiji

Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF; includes ground and naval forces)

Finland

Army, Navy, Air Force, Frontier Guard (includes Sea Guard)

France

Army (includes Marines), Navy (includes Naval Air), Air Force (includes Air Defense), National Gendarmerie

French Guiana

French Forces, Gendarmerie

French Polynesia

French Forces (includes Army, Navy, Air Force), Gendarmerie

Gabon

Army, Navy, Air Force, Republican Guard (charged with protecting the president and other senior officials), National Gendarmerie, National Police

Gambia, The

Army (includes marine unit), National Police, National Guard

Gaza Strip

NA

Georgia

Ground Forces, Navy, Air Force, Air Defense Forces, Naval Forces, National Guard, Republic Security Forces (internal and border troops)

Germany

Army, Navy (includes Naval Air Arm), Air Force, Medical Corps, Border Police, Coast Guard

Ghana

Army, Navy, Air Force, National Police Force, Palace Guard, Civil Defense

Gibraltar

British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force

Greece

Hellenic Army, Hellenic Navy, Hellenic Air Force, National Guard, Police

Grenada

Royal Grenada Police Force (includes Special Service Unit), Coast Guard

Guadeloupe

French Forces, Gendarmerie

Guatemala

Army, Navy, Air Force

Guinea

Army, Navy, Air Force, Republican Guard, Presidential Guard, paramilitary National Gendarmerie, National Police Force (Surete National)

Guinea-Bissau

People's Revolutionary Armed Force (FARP; includes Army, Navy, and Air Force), paramilitary force

Guyana

Guyana Defense Force (GDF; includes Ground Forces, Coast Guard, and Air Corps), Guyana People's Militia (GPM), Guyana National Service (GNS), Guyana Police Force

Haiti

Haitian National Police (HNP) (Note: the regular Haitian Army, Navy, and Air Force have been demobilized but still exist on paper until constitutionally abolished)

Honduras

Army, Navy (includes Marines), Air Force

Hong Kong

Hong Kong garrison of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) including elements of the PLA Ground Forces, PLA Navy, and PLA Air Force; these forces are under the direct leadership of the Central Military Commission in Beijing and under administrative control of the adjacent Guangzhou Military Region

Hungary

Ground Forces, Air Force, Border Guard

Iceland

no regular armed forces; Police, Coast Guard; note - Iceland's defense is provided by the US-manned Icelandic Defense Force (IDF) headquartered at Keflavik

India

Army, Navy (including naval air arm), Air Force, various security or paramilitary forces (includes Border Security Force, Assam Rifles, and Rashtriya Rifles)

Indonesia

Army, Navy, Air Force, National Police

Iran

Islamic Republic of Iran regular forces (includes Ground Forces, Navy, Air and Air Defense Forces), Revolutionary Guards (includes Ground, Air, Navy, Qods, and Basij-mobilization-forces), Law Enforcement Forces

Iraq

Army, Republican Guard, Navy, Air Force, Air Defense Force, Border Guard Force, Fedayeen Saddam

Ireland

Army (includes Naval Service and Air Corps), National Police (Garda Siochana)

Israel

Israel Defense Forces (includes ground, naval, and air components), Pioneer Fighting Youth (Nahal), Frontier Guard, Chen (women); note - historically there have been no separate Israeli military services

Italy

Army, Navy, Air Force, Carabinieri

Jamaica

Jamaica Defense Force (includes Ground Forces, Coast Guard, and Air Wing), Jamaica Constabulary Force

Japan

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (Army), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (Navy), Japan Air Self-Defense Force (Air Force)

Jordan

Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF; includes Royal Jordanian Land Force, Royal Naval Force, and Royal Jordanian Air Force); Badiya (irregular) Border Guards; Ministry of the Interior's Public Security Force (falls under JAF only in wartime or crisis situations)

Kazakhstan

General Purpose Forces (Army), Air Force, Border Guards, Navy, Republican Guard

Kenya

Army, Navy, Air Force, paramilitary General Service Unit of the Police

Kiribati

no regular military forces; Police Force (carries out law enforcement functions and paramilitary duties; small police posts are on all islands)

Korea, North

Korean People's Army (includes Army, Navy, Air Force), Civil Security Forces

Korea, South

Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Maritime Police (Coast Guard)

Kuwait

Army, Navy, Air Force, National Police Force, National Guard, Coast Guard

Kyrgyzstan

Army, Air and Air Defense, Security Forces (internal and border troops)

Laos

Lao People's Army (LPA; includes militia element), Lao People's Navy (LPN; includes riverine element), Air Force, National Police Department

Latvia

Ground Forces, Navy, Air and Air Defense Forces, Security Forces, Border Guard, Home Guard (Zemessardze)

Lebanon

Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF; includes Army, Navy, and Air Force)

Lesotho

Lesotho Defense Force (LDF; includes Army and Air Wing), Royal Lesotho Mounted Police (RLMP)

Liberia

Army, Air Force, Navy

Libya

Army, Navy, Air and Air Defense Command

Lithuania

Ground Forces, Navy, Air and Air Defense Force, Security Forces (internal and border troops), National Guard (Skat)

Luxembourg

Army; note - the new government abolished the Gendarmerie

Macau

Macau garrison of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) includes about 500 troops

Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of

Army, Navy, Air and Air Defense Forces, Police Force

Madagascar

Popular Armed Forces (includes Intervention Forces, Development Forces, Aeronaval Forces - includes Navy and Air Force), Gendarmerie, Presidential Security Regiment

Malawi

Army (includes Air Wing and Naval Detachment), Police (includes paramilitary Mobile Force Unit)

Malaysia

Malaysian Army, Royal Malaysian Navy, Royal Malaysian Air Force, Royal Malaysian Police Force, Marine Police, Sarawak Border Scouts

Maldives

National Security Service (paramilitary police force)

Mali

Army, Air Force, Gendarmerie, Republican Guard, National Guard, National Police (Surete Nationale)

Malta

Armed Forces (including land forces, an air squadron, a maritime squadron, and the Revenue Security Corps), Maltese Police Force

Marshall Islands

no regular military forces (a coast guard may be established); Police Force

Martinique

French forces (Army, Navy, Air Force), Gendarmerie

Mauritania

Army, Navy, Air Force, National Gendarmerie, National Guard, National Police, Presidential Guard

Mauritius

National Police Force (includes the paramilitary Special Mobile Force or SMF, Special Support Units or SSU, and National Coast Guard)

Mexico

National Defense Secretariat (includes Army and Air Force), Navy Secretariat (includes Naval Air and Marines)

Moldova

Ground Forces, Air and Air Defense Forces, Republic Security Forces (internal and border troops)

Mongolia

Mongolian People's Army (includes Internal Security Forces and Border Guards), Air Force, Civil Defense troops

Montserrat

Police Force

Morocco

Royal Armed Forces (includes Army, Navy, Air Force), Gendarmerie, Auxiliary Forces

Mozambique

Army, Naval Command, Air and Air Defense Forces, Militia

Myanmar

Army, Navy, Air Force

Namibia

National Defense Force (Army), Police

Nauru

no regular armed forces; Directorate of the Nauru Police Force

Nepal

Royal Nepalese Army, Royal Nepalese Army Air Service, Nepalese Police Force

Netherlands

Royal Netherlands Army, Royal Netherlands Navy (includes Naval Air Service and Marine Corps), Royal Netherlands Air Force, Royal Constabulary

Netherlands Antilles

Royal Netherlands Navy, Marine Corps, Royal Netherlands Air Force, National Guard, Police Force

New Caledonia

French Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Gendarmerie); Police Force

New Zealand

New Zealand Army, Royal New Zealand Navy, Royal New Zealand Air Force

Nicaragua

Army, Navy, Air Force

Niger

Army, Air Force, National Gendarmerie, Republican Guard, National Police

Nigeria

Army, Navy, Air Force, Police Force

Niue

Police Force

Norway

Norwegian Army, Royal Norwegian Navy (includes Coast Artillery and Coast Guard), Royal Norwegian Air Force, Home Guard

Oman

Army, Navy, Air Force, paramilitary (includes Royal Oman Police)

Pakistan

Army, Navy, Air Force, Civil Armed Forces, National Guard

Palau

NA

Panama

an amendment to the Constitution abolished the armed forces, but there are security forces (Panamanian Public Forces or PPF includes the National Police, National Maritime Service, and National Air Service)

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Defense Force (includes Ground, Naval, and Air Forces, and Special Forces Unit)

Paraguay

Army, Navy (includes Naval Air and Marines), Air Force

Peru

Army (Ejercito Peruano), Navy (Marina de Guerra del Peru; includes Naval Air, Marines, and Coast Guard), Air Force (Fuerza Aerea del Peru), National Police (Policia Nacional)

Philippines

Army, Navy (includes Coast Guard and Marine Corps), Air Force

Poland

Army, Navy, Air and Air Defense Force

Portugal

Army, Navy (includes Marines), Air Force, National Republican Guard

Puerto Rico

paramilitary National Guard, Police Force

Qatar

Army, Navy, Air Force, Public Security

Reunion

French forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Gendarmerie)

Romania

Army, Navy, Air and Air Defense Forces, Paramilitary Forces, Civil Defense

Russia

Ground Forces, Navy, Air Force, Strategic Rocket Forces

Rwanda

Army, Gendarmerie, Navy, Air Force

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Royal Saint Kitts and Nevis Police Force, Coast Guard, Royal Saint Kitts and Nevis Defense Force

Saint Lucia

Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (includes Special Service Unit), Coast Guard

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (includes Special Service Unit), Coast Guard

Samoa

no regular armed services; Samoa Police Force

San Marino

Voluntary Military Force, Police Force

Sao Tome and Principe

Army, Navy, Security Police

Saudi Arabia

Land Force (Army), Navy, Air Force, Air Defense Force, National Guard, Ministry of Interior Forces (paramilitary)

Senegal

Army, Navy, Air Force, National Gendarmerie, National Police (Surete Nationale)

Serbia and Montenegro

Army (including ground forces with border troops, naval forces, air and air defense forces)

Seychelles

Army, Coast Guard, Marines, air wing, National Guard, Presidential Protection Unit, Police Force

Sierra Leone

Army

Singapore

Army, Navy, Air Force, People's Defense Force, Police Force

Slovakia

Ground Forces, Air and Air Defense Forces, Territorial Defense Forces, Civil Defense Force

Slovenia

Slovenian Army (includes Air and Naval Forces)

Solomon Islands

no regular military forces; Solomon Islands National Reconnaissance and Surveillance Force; Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIP)

Somalia

no functioning central government military forces; clan militias continue to battle for control of key economic or political prizes

South Africa

South African National Defense Force or SANDF (includes Army, Navy, Air Force, and Medical Services), South African Police Service or SAPS

Spain

Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Civil Guard, National Police, Coastal Civil Guard

Sri Lanka

Army, Navy, Air Force, Police Force

Sudan

Army, Navy, Air Force, Popular Defense Force Militia

Suriname

National Army (includes small Navy and Air Force elements), Civil Police

Swaziland

Umbutfo Swaziland Defense Force (Army), Royal Swaziland Police Force

Sweden

Swedish Army, Royal Swedish Navy, Swedish Air Force

Switzerland

Army, Air Force, Frontier Guards, Fortification Guards

Syria

Syrian Arab Army, Syrian Arab Navy, Syrian Arab Air Force, Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces, Police and Security Force

Taiwan

Army, Navy (includes Marines), Air Force, Coastal Patrol and Defense Command, Armed Forces Reserve Command, Combined Service Forces

Tajikistan

Army, Air Force, Air Defense Forces, Presidential National Guard, Security Forces (internal and border troops)

Tanzania

Tanzanian People's Defense Force or TPDF (includes Army, Navy, and Air Force), paramilitary Police Field Force Unit, Militia

Thailand

Royal Thai Army, Royal Thai Navy (includes Royal Thai Marine Corps), Royal Thai Air Force, Paramilitary Forces

Togo

Army, Navy, Air Force, Gendarmerie

Tonga

Tonga Defense Services (includes, Royal Tongan Marines, Tongan Royal Guards, Maritime Force, Police); note - a new Air Wing which will be subordinate to the Defense Ministry is being developed

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force (includes Ground Forces, Coast Guard, and Air Wing), Trinidad and Tobago Police Service

Tunisia

Army, Navy, Air Force, paramilitary forces, National Guard

Turkey

Land Forces, Navy (includes Naval Air and Naval Infantry), Air Force, Coast Guard, Gendarmerie

Turkmenistan

Ministry of Defense (Army, Air and Air Defense, Navy, Border Troops, and Internal Troops), National Guard

Tuvalu

no regular military forces; Police Force includes Maritime Surveillance Unit for search and rescue missions and surveillance operations

Uganda

Army, Navy, Air Wing

Ukraine

Army, Navy, Air Force, Air Defense Force, Internal Troops, National Guard, Border Troops

United Arab Emirates

Army, Navy, Air Force, Air Defense, paramilitary (includes Federal Police Force)

United Kingdom

Army, Royal Navy (includes Royal Marines), Royal Air Force

United States

Department of the Army, Department of the Navy (includes Marine Corps), Department of the Air Force (Note: the Coast Guard is normally subordinate to the Department of Transportation, but in wartime reports to the Department of the Navy)

Uruguay

Army, Navy (includes Naval Air Arm, Coast Guard, Marines), Air Force, Police (Coracero Guard, Grenadier Guard)

Uzbekistan

Army, Air and Air Defense Forces, Security Forces (internal and border troops), National Guard

Vanuatu

no regular military forces; Vanuatu Police Force (VPF; includes the paramilitary Vanuatu Mobile Force or VMF)

Venezuela

National Armed Forces (Fuerzas Armadas Nacionales or FAN) includes Ground Forces or Army (Fuerzas Terrestres or Ejercito), Naval Forces (Fuerzas Navales or Armada), Air Force (Fuerzas Aereas or Aviacion), Armed Forces of Cooperation or National Guard (Fuerzas Armadas de Cooperacion or Guardia Nacional)

Vietnam

People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) (includes Ground Forces, Navy, and Air Force), Coast Guard

West Bank

NA

Western Sahara

NA

Yemen

Army, Navy, Air Force, Air Defense Forces, paramilitary (includes Police)

Zambia

Army, Air Force, National Service, police

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe National Army, Air Force of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Republic Police (includes Police Support Unit, Paramilitary Police)
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