Seychelles Military - 2021


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Military and security forces

Seychelles People’s Defence Forces (SPDF): Army (includes infantry, special forces, and a presidential security unit), Coast Guard, and Air Force (2020)

Military expenditures

1.3% of GDP (2019)

1.4% of GDP (2018)

1.5% of GDP (2017)

1.4% of GDP (2016)

1.2% of GDP (2015)

country comparison to the world: 104

Military and security service personnel strengths

the Seychelles People’s Defence Forces (SPDF) have approximately 500 personnel (2021)

Military equipment inventories and acquisitions

the SPDF's inventory primarily consists of Soviet-era equipment delivered in the 1970s and 1980s; since 2010, the SPDF has received limited amounts of more modern equipment (mostly donations of patrol boats and aircraft) from several suppliers led by China and India (2021)

Military service age and obligation

18-28 years of age for voluntary military service (18-25 for officers); 6-year initial commitment; no conscription (2021)

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

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