Papua New Guinea Military - 2021


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Military and security forces

Papua New Guinea Defense Force (PNGDF; includes land, maritime, and air elements) (2021)

Military expenditures

0.4% of GDP (2019)

0.4% of GDP (2018)

0.3% of GDP (2017)

0.4% of GDP (2016)

0.5% of GDP (2015)

country comparison to the world: 162

Military and security service personnel strengths

the Papau New Guinea Defense Force has approximately 3,000 active duty troops, including a land element of about 2,500 (2020)

Military equipment inventories and acquisitions

the PNGDF has a limited inventory consisting of a diverse mix of foreign-supplied weapons and equipment; Papau New Guinea receives most of its military assistance from Australia; since 2010, it has also received equipment from China and New Zealand (2020)

Military service age and obligation

16 years of age for voluntary military service (with parental consent); no conscription; graduation from grade 12 required (2013)

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

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