Cuba Military - 2021


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Military and security forces

Revolutionary Armed Forces (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias, FAR): Revolutionary Army (Ejercito Revolucionario, ER), Revolutionary Navy (Marina de Guerra Revolucionaria, MGR, includes Marine Corps), Revolutionary Air and Air Defense Forces (Defensas Anti-Aereas y Fuerza Aerea Revolucionaria, DAAFAR); Paramilitary forces: Youth Labor Army (Ejercito Juvenil del Trabajo, EJT), Territorial Militia Troops (Milicia de Tropas de Territoriales, MTT), Civil Defense Force; Ministry of Interior: Border Guards, State Security (2020)

Military expenditures

2.9% of GDP (2018)

2.9% of GDP (2017)

3.1% of GDP (2016)

3.1% of GDP (2015)

3.5% of GDP (2014)

Military and security service personnel strengths

limited available information; estimated 50,000 active personnel (approximately 40,000 Army; 3,000 Navy; 8,000 Air Force) (2021)

Military equipment inventories and acquisitions

the Cuban military inventory is comprised of ageing Russian and Soviet-era equipment; the last recorded arms delivery to Cuba was by Russia in 2004 (2020)

Military service age and obligation

17-28 years of age for compulsory military service; 2-year service obligation for males, optional for females (2017)

Military - note

the FAR has a large role in the Cuban economy through several military owned and operated conglomerates, including such sectors as banking, hotels, industry, retail, and tourism

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

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