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Paraguay Military


The Armed Forces of Paraguay consist of the Paraguayan army, navy (including naval aviation and marine corps) and air force. The Paraguayan army is composed of a Presidential Escort Regiment, two battalions (infantry and military police), an armoured squadron, and a battery of field artillery. Although Paraguay is a landlocked country, it has a strong naval tradition by virtue of the fact that it has access to the Atlantic Ocean through the Paraguay-Paraná rivers. The Paraguayan air force is organised in an air brigade of seven air groups and a brigade of paratroopers on battalion level. Almost all operating units are based in premises at Silvio Pettirosi International Airport (SGAS) in Asuncion.

The constitution of Paraguay establishes the President of Paraguay as the Commander-in-Chief.

Paraguay has compulsory military service, and all 18-year-old males and 17-year-olds in the year of their 18th birthday are liable for one year of active duty. Although the 1992 constitution allows for conscientious objection, no enabling legislation has yet been approved.

In July 2005, military aid in the form of US Special Forces began arriving at Paraguay's Mariscal Estigarribia air base, a sprawling complex built in 1982.


Military branches : Armed Forces Command (Commando de las Fuerzas Militares): Army, National Navy (Armada Nacional, includes Marine Corps, Naval Aviation, and Coast Guard), Paraguayan Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Paraguay, FAP), Logistics Command, War Materiel Directorate (2012)
Military service age and obligation : 18 years of age for compulsory and voluntary military service; conscript service obligation is 12 months for Army, 24 months for Navy; volunteers for the Air Force must be younger than 22 years of age with a secondary school diploma (2012)
Manpower available for military service : males age 16-49: 1,678,335

females age 16-49: 1,675,352 (2010 est.)
Manpower fit for military service : males age 16-49: 1,409,859

females age 16-49: 1,433,037 (2010 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually : male: 73,367

female: 71,801 (2010 est.)
Military expenditures : 1.66% of GDP (2012)






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