Military of Slovakia

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Military of Slovakia
Military manpower
Military age 18 years of age
Availability males age 15–49: 1,484,567 (2000 est.)
Fit for military service males age 15–49: 1,134,751 (2000 est.)
Reaching military age annually males: 45,605 (2000 est.)
Active troops 22,000
Military expenditures
Amount $406 million (2002)
Percent of GDP 1.87% FY05 (2005)

The armed forces of the Slovak Republic number about 27,000 uniformed personnel and comprise:

National opinion polls rate the armed forces as the most respected national institutions.

Slovakia's ambitious plan for defense reform is the well-regarded Force 2010 Long-Term Plan, which strikes a balance between requirements and resources and which envisions a professionalized, combat-capable force of 19,300 uniformed personnel by 2006. Slovakia has about 750 personnel deployed worldwide on NATO- and United Nations-led peace support operations (PSOs) as well as an engineering unit in Afghanistan. Slovakia has markedly increased its commitment to KFOR and SFOR in Kosovo and Bosnia in 2002. Since the independence of Slovakia in 1993, there have been 53 uniformed personnel who died in service (by 2006).

Defense spending was 1.87% of the gross domestic product in 2005.

Slovakia joined NATO in March 2004.[1]

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