Botswana Military - 2021


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Military and security forces

Botswana Defence Force (BDF): Ground Forces Command, Air Arm Command, Defense Logistics Command (2021)

Military expenditures

2.8% of GDP (2019)

2.8% of GDP (2018)

3% of GDP (2017)

3.4% of GDP (2016)

2.7% of GDP (2015)

Military and security service personnel strengths

the Botswana Defense Force (BDF) has approximately 9,000 active personnel (2021)

Military equipment inventories and acquisitions

the BDF has a mix of foreign-supplied and mostly older weapons and equipment, largely from Europe and the US; since 2010, France is the leading supplier of armaments to the BDF (2020)

Military service age and obligation

18 is the legal minimum age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2019)

NOTE: The information regarding Botswana on this page is re-published from the 2021 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Botswana 2021 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Botswana 2021 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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