Namibia Military - 2021


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Military and security forces

Namibian Defense Force (NDF): Army, Navy, Air Force; Namibian Police Force: Special Field Force (paramilitary unit responsible for protecting borders and government installations) (2021)

Military expenditures

3% of GDP (2019)

3.2% of GDP (2018)

3.4% of GDP (2017)

3.9% of GDP (2016)

4.5% of GDP (2015)

Military and security service personnel strengths

information varies; approximately 12,500 personnel (11,000 Army; 1,000 Navy; 500 Air Force) (2020)

Military equipment inventories and acquisitions

the inventory of the Namibian Defense Force consists mostly of Soviet-era equipment; China is the leading supplier of weapons to Namibia since 2010 (2020)

Military service age and obligation

18-25 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2021)

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

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