Somalia Govt.: Defence

Somalia Govt.: Defence Last updated on Monday 26th April 2010

Compulsory military service for 18 months for men between the ages of 18 and 40 was in force until the early 1990s. In the late 1980s the army had a force of some 61,300; the navy, 1,200; and the air force, 2,500. Since the overthrow of Muhammad Siad Barre in January 1990, there have been no national armed forces.

Military branches

Central government military forces do no exist; clan militias continue to battle for control of key economic or political prize.

Military manpower availability

Estimates of the year 2000 showed that there were 1,772,631 males available for the military (age 15-49 years)

Military manpower fitness for military service

However the number of males who are fit for military service was estimated in the year 2000 to be 984,103.

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