Uruguay Military - 2022


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Military and security forces

Armed Forces of Uruguay (Fuerzas Armadas del Uruguay): National Army (Ejercito Nacional), National Navy (Armada Nacional, includes Coast Guard (Prefectura Nacional Naval)), Uruguayan Air Force (Fuerza Aerea); Ministry of Interior: National Police (2022)

note: the National Police includes the paramilitary National Republican Guard or Guardia Nacional Republicana 

Military expenditures

2.3% of GDP (2021 est.)

2% of GDP (2020 est.)

2.1% of GDP (2019 est.) (approximately $1.47 billion)

2.1% of GDP (2018 est.) (approximately $1.51 billion)

2% of GDP (2017 est.) (approximately $1.38 billion)

Military and security service personnel strengths

approximately 22,000 active duty personnel (14,000 Army; 5,000 Navy; 3,000 Air Force) (2022)

Military equipment inventories and acquisitions

the military's inventory includes a wide variety of older or second-hand equipment; since 2010, it has imported limited amounts of military hardware from about 10 countries with Spain as the leading supplier (2022)

Military service age and obligation

18-30 years of age (18-22 years of age for Navy) for voluntary military service for men and women; up to 40 years of age for specialists; enlistment is voluntary in peacetime, but the government has the authority to conscript in emergencies (2022)

note: as of 2017, women comprised about 19% of the active military

Military deployments

830 Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO); 210 Golan Heights (UNDOF) (May 2022)

Military - note

the military has some domestic responsibilities, including perimeter security for a number of prisons and border security; in 2020, the military deployed more than 1,000 troops to assist the National Police in securing the land border with Brazil and the riverine border with Argentina as part of a border control law passed in 2018 (2022)

NOTE: The information regarding Uruguay on this page is re-published from the 2022 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Uruguay 2022 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Uruguay 2022 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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