Croatia Military - 2021


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Military and security forces

Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia (Oruzane Snage Republike Hrvatske, OSRH) consists of five major commands directly subordinate to a General Staff: Ground Forces (Hrvatska Kopnena Vojska, HKoV), Naval Forces (Hrvatska Ratna Mornarica, HRM, includes Coast Guard), Air Force and Air Defense Command (Hrvatsko Ratno Zrakoplovstvo I Protuzracna Obrana), Joint Education and Training Command, Logistics Command; Military Police Force supports each of the three Croatian military forces (2021)

Military expenditures

1.83% of GDP (2020 est.)

1.65% of GDP (2019)

1.57% of GDP (2018)

1.67% of GDP (2017)

1.62% of GDP (2016)

country comparison to the world: 66

Military and security service personnel strengths

the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia have approximately 15,000 active duty personnel (10,000 Army; 1,500 Navy; 1,500 Air force; 2,000 joint/other) (2020)

Military equipment inventories and acquisitions

the inventory of the Croatian Armed Forces consists mostly of Soviet-era equipment, although in recent years, it has acquired a limited number of more modern weapon systems from some Western suppliers, including Finland, Germany, and the US (2020)

Military service age and obligation

18-27 years of age for voluntary military service; conscription abolished in 2008 (2019)

Military - note

Croatia officially became a member of NATO in 2009

NOTE: The information regarding Croatia 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 Croatia 2021 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Croatia 2021 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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