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    Sao Tome and Principe Military - 2006

      Military branches:
      Armed Forces of Sao Tome and Principe (FASTP): Army, Coast Guard, Presidential Guard (2004)

      Military service age and obligation:
      18 years of age (est.) (2004)

      Manpower available for military service:
      males age 18-49: 33,438
      females age 18-49: 35,279 (2005 est.)

      Manpower fit for military service:
      males age 18-49: 25,950
      females age 18-49: 28,660 (2005 est.)

      Military expenditures - dollar figure:
      $581,729 (2005 est.)

      Military expenditures - percent of GDP:
      0.8% (2005 est.)

      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 and conditions have been a problem in the past, as has alleged nepotism in the promotion of officers, as reflected in the 1995 and 2003 coups; these issues are being addressed with foreign assistance as initial steps towards the improvement of 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 information regarding Sao Tome and Principe on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Sao Tome and Principe Military 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Sao Tome and Principe Military 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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