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Madagascar Military


The military of Madagascar is made up of the People's Armed Forces and the National Gendarmerie. The IISS detailed the armed forces in 2007 as including an Army of 12,500+, a Navy of 500, and a 500-strong Air Force. An alternate report (from CIA World Factbook data) describes the People's Armed Forces as consisting of the Intervention Force, Development Force, and Aeronaval Force, which is the navy and air force.

The armed forces were involved in the 2009 Madagascar political crisis. During World War II, Madagascan troops fought in France, Morocco and Syria.


Military branches :
People's Armed Forces: Intervention Force, Development Force, and Aeronaval Force (navy and air); National Gendarmerie

Military service age and obligation :
18-25 years of age for male-only voluntary military service; no conscription; service obligation - 18 months (either military or equivalent civil service); 20-30 years of age for National Gendarmerie recruits (35 years of age for those with military experience) (2010)

Manpower available for military service :
males age 16-49: 4,745,274
females age 16-49: 4,750,188 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service :
males age 16-49: 3,268,291
females age 16-49: 3,541,256 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually :
male: 242,334
female: 241,359 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures :
1% of GDP (2006)