Jordan Military - 2021


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Military and security forces

Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF): Royal Jordanian Army (includes Special Operations Forces, Border Guards, Royal Guard), Royal Jordanian Navy, Royal Jordanian Air Force; Ministry of Interior: General Directorate of Gendarmerie Forces, Public Security Directorate (2020)

Military expenditures

4.7% of GDP (2019)

4.7% of GDP (2018)

4.8% of GDP (2017)

4.6% of GDP (2016)

4.3% of GDP (2015)

country comparison to the world: 9

Military and security service personnel strengths

the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) have approximately 100,000 active personnel (86,000 Army; 500 Navy; 14,000 Air Force); est. 15,000 Gendarmerie Forces (2021)

Military equipment inventories and acquisitions

the JAF inventory is comprised of a wide mix of imported weapons, mostly second-hand equipment from Europe, the Gulf States, and the US; since 2010, the Netherlands and the US are the leading suppliers of military hardware to Jordan (2020)

Military deployments

100 Mali (MINUSMA) (Jan 2021)

Military service age and obligation

17 years of age for voluntary male military service; initial service term 2 years, with option to reenlist for 18 years; conscription at age 18 suspended in 1999; women are not conscripted, but can volunteer to serve in noncombat military positions in the Royal Jordanian Arab Army Women's Corps and RJAF (2013)

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

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