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Barbados Military


As a fully independent country, Barbados has a moderate sized military command. This force is made up of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) The Barbados Ground Forces, the Barbados Coast Guard, and the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) in addition to other governmental command in the country. These forces together are administered under the office of the Barbados Prime Minister. These forces often act in concert to maintain law and order in the country as well as to route-out illegal activity and other threats to the country of Barbados. With the backing of the Eastern Caribbean's Regional Security System (RSS) Barbados has a framework for calling in a follow-on military command from other Caribbean islands as well and in the most severe of cases, from the larger International community. The Barbados Air Wing consists of one Cessna 402 aircraft based at Grantley Adams International Airport.

In 2002 the armed forces numbered 610 active troops and 430 reserves, of which 500 were in the army and 110 in the navy. The navy was equipped with five patrol boats. The defence budget was $11 million in 1998, or 0.5% of GDP.


Military branches :
Royal Barbados Defense Force: Troops Command, Barbados Coast Guard (2009)

Military service age and obligation :
18 years of age for voluntary military service (younger requires parental consent); no conscription (2008)

Manpower available for military service :
males age 16-49: 75,265
females age 16-49: 75,389 (2008 est.)

Manpower fit for military service :
males age 16-49: 58,596
females age 16-49: 58,866 (2009 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually :
male: 2,015
female: 2,007 (2009 est.)

Military expenditures :
0.5% of GDP (2006 est.)

Military - note :
the Royal Barbados Defence Force includes a land-based Troop Command and a small Coast Guard; the primary role of the land element is to defend the island against external aggression; the Command consists of a single, part-time battalion with a small regular cadre that is deployed throughout the island; it increasingly supports the police in patrolling the coastline to prevent smuggling and other illicit activities (2007)





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