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Military branches
Afghanistan Afghan National Army (includes Afghan Air Force), Afghan Militia Force (AMF) (2005)
Albania General Staff Headquarters, Land Forces Command (Army), Naval Forces Command, Air Defense Command, Logistics Command, Training and Doctrine Command
Algeria People's National Army (ANP; includes Land Forces), Algerian National Navy (MRA), Air Force (QJJ), Territorial Air Defense Force (2005)
Andorra no regular military forces, Police Service of Andorra
Angola Army, Navy (Marinha de Guerra, MdG), Air and Air Defense Forces (FANA)
Antigua and Barbuda Royal Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force: Infantry, Coast Guard (2004)
Argentina Argentine Army, Navy of the Argentine Republic (includes Naval Aviation and Marines), Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Argentina, FAA)
Armenia Army, Air Force, Air Defense Force
Aruba no regular indigenous military forces; Royal Dutch Navy and Marines, Coast Guard
Australia Australian Defense Force (ADF): Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force, Special Operations Command
Austria Land Forces (KdoLdSK), Air Forces (KdoLuSK)
Azerbaijan Army, Navy, Air and Air Defense Forces
Bahamas, The Royal Bahamaian Defense Force (naval forces) (2004)
Bahrain Bahrain Defense Forces (BDF): Ground Force (includes Air Defense), Navy, Air Force, National Guard
Bangladesh Army, Navy, Air Force
Barbados Royal Barbados Defense Force: Troops Command and Coast Guard (2005)
Belarus Army, Air and Air Defense Force
Belgium Land, Naval, and Air Components (2005)
Belize Belize Defense Force (BDF): Army, Maritime Wing, Air Wing, and Volunteer Guard
Benin Army, Navy, Air Force
Bermuda Bermuda Regiment
Bhutan Royal Bhutan Army (includes Royal Bodyguard and Royal Bhutan Police) (2005)
Bolivia Army (Ejercito Boliviano), Navy (Fuerza Naval; includes Marines), Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Boliviana) (2004)
Bosnia and Herzegovina VF Army (the air and air defense forces are subordinate commands within the Army), VRS Army (the air and air defense forces are subordinate commands within the Army)
Botswana Botswana Defense Force (includes an Air Wing)
Brazil Brazilian Army, Brazilian Navy (includes Naval Air and Marines), Brazilian Air Force (FAB)
Brunei Royal Brunei Armed Forces: Royal Brunei Land Forces, Royal Brunei Navy, Royal Brunei Air Force
Bulgaria Ground Forces, Naval Forces, Air and Air Defense Forces
Burkina Faso Army, Air Force, National Gendarmerie (2005)
Burma Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw): Army, Navy, Air Force (2005)
Burundi National Defense Force (Forces de Defense Nationales, FDN): Army (includes Naval Detachment and Air Wing), National Gendarmerie (2005)
Cambodia Royal Cambodian Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force
Cameroon Cameroon Armed Forces: Army, Navy (includes Naval Infantry), Air Force
Canada Canadian Armed Forces: Land Forces Command, Maritime Command, Air Command, Canada Command (homeland security) to be operational in early 2006 (2005)
Cape Verde People's Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARP): Army, Coast Guard (includes maritime air wing)
Cayman Islands no regular military forces; Royal Cayman Islands Police Force
Central African Republic Central African Armed Forces (FACA): Ground Forces, Air Force; General Directorate of Gendarmerie Inspection (DGIG), Republican Guard (2004)
Chad Chadian National Army (Armee Nationale Tchadienne, ANT), Air Force, Gendarmerie (2004)
Chile Army of the Nation, National Navy (includes naval air, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps), Chilean Air Force, Chilean Carabineros (National Police)
China People's Liberation Army (PLA): Ground Forces, Navy (includes marines and naval aviation), Air Force (includes Airborne Forces), and II Artillery Corps (strategic missile force); People's Armed Police Force (internal security troops considered to be an adjunct to the PLA); Militia (2003)
Colombia Army (Ejercito Nacional), Navy (Armada Nacional, includes Naval Aviation, Marines, and Coast Guard), Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Colombiana)
Comoros Comoran Security Force
Congo, Democratic Republic of the Army, Navy, Air Force
Congo, Republic of the Congolese Armed Forces (FAC): Army, Air Force (Armee de l'Air Congolaise), Navy, Gendarmerie, Republican Guard (2005)
Cook Islands no regular military forces; Ministry of Police and Disaster Management (2004)
Costa Rica no regular military forces; Ministry of Public Security, Government, and Police
Cote d'Ivoire Army, Navy, Air Force
Croatia Ground Forces (Hrvatska Vojska, HKoV), Naval Forces (Hrvatska Ratna Mornarica, HRM), Air and Air Defense Forces (Hrvatsko Ratno Zrakoplovstvo i Protuzrakoplovna Obrana, HRZiPZO)
Cuba Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR): Revolutionary Army (ER), Revolutionary Navy (MGR), Air and Air Defense Force (DAAFAR), Territorial Militia Troops (MTT), Youth Labor Army (EJT)
Cyprus Republic of Cyprus: Greek Cypriot National Guard (GCNG; includes air and naval elements)
north Cyprus: Turkish Cypriot Security Force (GKK)
Czech Republic Army of the Czech Republic (ACR): Joint Forces Command, Support and Training Forces Command (2005)
Denmark Royal Danish Army, Royal Danish Navy, Royal Danish Air Force, Home Guard (Hjemmevaernet)
Djibouti Djibouti National Army (includes Navy and Air Force)
Dominica no regular military forces; Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force (includes Coast Guard)
Dominican Republic Army, Navy, Air Force
East Timor East Timor Defense Force (Forcas de Defesa de Timor-L'este, FDTL): Army, Navy (Armada) (2005)
Ecuador Army, Navy (includes Naval Infantry, Naval Aviation, Coast Guard), Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana, FAE)
Egypt Army, Navy, Air Force, Air Defense Command
El Salvador Army, Navy (FNES), Air Force (FAS)
Equatorial Guinea Army, Navy, Air Force (2005)
Eritrea Army, Navy, Air Force
Estonia Estonian Defense Forces: Ground Forces, Navy, Air Force and Air Defense Staff, Republic Security Forces (internal and border troops), Volunteer Defense League (Kaitseliit), Maritime Border Guard, Coast Guard
note: Border Guards and Ministry of Internal Affairs become part of the Estonian Defense Forces in wartime; the Coast Guard is subordinate to the Ministry of Defense in peacetime and the Estonian Navy in wartime
Ethiopia Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF): Ground Forces, Air Force
note: Ethiopia is landlocked and has no navy; following the secession of Eritrea, Ethiopian naval facilities remained in Eritrean possession (2003)
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) no regular military forces
Faroe Islands no regular military forces
Fiji Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF): Land Forces, Naval Division (2005)
Finland Finnish Defense Forces: Army, Navy (includes Coastal Defense Forces), Air Force (2003)
France Army (includes Marines, Foreign Legion, Army Light Aviation), Navy (includes naval air), Air Force (includes Air Defense), National Gendarmerie
French Guiana no regular military forces; Gendarmerie
French Polynesia no regular military forces; Gendarmerie and National Police Force
Gabon Army, Navy, Air Force, National Gendarmerie, National Police
Gambia, The Gambian National Army (GNA), Gambian Navy (GN), Presidential Guard, National Guard
Gaza Strip in accordance with the peace agreement, the Palestinian Authority is not permitted conventional military forces; there are, however, public security forces (2002)
Georgia Ground Forces (includes National Guard), Air and Air Defense Forces, Maritime Defense Force, Interior Forces
Germany Federal Armed Forces (Bundeswehr): Army (Heer), Navy (Deutsche Marine, includes naval air arm), Air Force (Luftwaffe), Joint Support Service, Central Medical Service
Ghana Army, Navy, Air Force
Gibraltar Royal Gibraltar Regiment
Greece Hellenic Army, Hellenic Navy, Hellenic Air Force (Polemiki Aeroporia, EPA)
Grenada no regular military forces; Royal Grenada Police Force
Guadeloupe no regular military forces
Guatemala Army, Navy (includes Marines), Air Force
Guinea Army (includes Presidential Guard, Republican Guard), Navy, Air Force, National Gendarmerie, General Directorate of National Police
Guinea-Bissau People's Revolutionary Armed Force (FARP; includes Army, Navy, and Air Force), paramilitary force
Guyana Guyana Defense Force: Ground Forces, Coast Guard, Air Corps, Guyana People's Militia
Haiti the regular Haitian Armed Forces (FAdH) - Army, Navy, and Air Force - have been demobilized but still exist on paper until or unless they are constitutionally abolished
Holy See (Vatican City) Pontifical Swiss Guard (Corpo della Guardia Svizzera Pontificia)
Honduras Army, Navy (includes Naval Infantry), Air Force
Hong Kong no regular indigenous military forces; Hong Kong garrison of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) includes elements of the PLA Ground Forces, PLA Navy, and PLA Air Force; these forces are under the direct leadership of the Central Military Commission in Beijing and under administrative control of the adjacent Guangzhou Military Region
Hungary Ground Forces, Air Forces
Iceland no regular armed forces; Icelandic National Police, Icelandic Coast Guard (Islenska Landhelgisgaeslan)
India Army, Navy (includes naval air arm), Air Force, Coast Guard, various security or paramilitary forces (includes Border Security Force, Assam Rifles, National Security Guards, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Special Frontier Force, Central Reserve Police Force, Central Industrial Security Force, Railway Protection Force, and Defense Security Corps)
Indonesia Indonesia Armed Forces (TNI): Army (TNI-AD), Navy (TNI-AL, includes Marines, Naval Air arm), Air Force (TNI-AU)
Iran Islamic Republic of Iran Regular Forces (Artesh): Ground Forces, Navy, Air Force (includes Air Defense)
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (Sepah-e Pasdaran-e Enqelab-e Eslami, IRGC): Ground Forces, Navy, Air Force, Qods Force (special operations), and Basij Force (Popular Mobilization Army)
Law Enforcement Forces: (2004)
Iraq Iraqi Armed Forces: Iraqi Regular Army (includes Iraqi Special Operations Force, Iraqi Intervention Force), Iraqi Navy (former Iraqi Coastal Defense Force), Iraqi Air Force (former Iraqi Army Air Corps) (2005)
Ireland Army (includes Naval Service and Air Corps)
Israel Israel Defense Forces (IDF): Ground Corps, Navy, Air and Space Force (includes Air Defense Forces); historically there have been no separate Israeli military services
Italy Army (Esercito Italiano, EI), Navy (Marina Militare Italiana, MMI), Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana, AMI), Carabinieri Corps (Corpo dei Carabinieri, CC) (2005)
Jamaica Jamaica Defense Force: Ground Forces, Coast Guard, Air Wing
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (Army), Maritime Self-Defense Force (Navy), Air Self-Defense Force (Air Force)
Jordan Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF): Royal Jordanian Land Force, Royal Jordanian Navy, Royal Jordanian Air Force, and Special Operations Command (SOCOM); note - Public Security Directorate normally falls under Ministry of Interior but comes under JAF in wartime or crisis situations
Kazakhstan Ground Forces, Air and Air Defense Forces, Naval Force, Republican Guard
Kenya Army, Navy, Air Force
Kiribati no regular military forces; Police Force (carries out law enforcement functions and paramilitary duties; small police posts are on all islands)
Korea, North North Korean People's Army: Ground Force, Navy, Air Force; Civil Security Forces (2005)
Korea, South Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Maritime Police (Coast Guard)
Kuwait Land Forces, Navy, Air Force (includes Air Defense Force), National Guard (2002)
Kyrgyzstan Army, Air Force, National Guard (2004)
Laos Lao People's Army (LPA; includes Riverine Force), Air Force
Latvia Ground Forces, Navy, Air Force, Border Guard, Home Guard (Zemessardze)
Lebanon Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF): Army, Navy, and Air Force
Lesotho Lesotho Defense Force (LDF): Army and Air Wing
Liberia Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL): Army, Navy, Air Force
Libya Armed Peoples on Duty (Army), Navy, Air Force, Air Defense Command
Lithuania Ground Forces, Navy, Air Force, National Defense Volunteer Forces (SKAT)
Luxembourg Army
Macau China's People's Revolutionary Army (PLA) constitutes the only armed force in Macau; several police forces constitute the Security Forces of Macau (SFM) that are subordinate to the General Secretariat of Security, a body comparable to a ministry of interior (2004)
Macedonia Army of the Republic of Macedonia (ARM; includes Air and Air Defense Command)
Madagascar People's Armed Forces: Intervention Force, Development Force, and Aeronaval (Navy and Air) Force; National Gendarmerie
Malawi Malawi Armed Forces: Army (includes Air Wing and Naval Detachment), Police (includes Mobile Force Unit)
Malaysia Malaysian Army (Tentera Darat Malaysia), Royal Malaysian Navy (Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia, TLDM), Royal Malaysian Air Force (Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia, TUDM) (2005)
Maldives National Security Service includes Security Branch (ground forces), Air Element, Coast Guard
Mali Army, Air Force, National Guard
Malta Armed Forces of Malta (AFM; includes air and maritime elements) (2005)
Marshall Islands no regular military forces; Marshall Islands Police
Martinique no regular military forces; Gendarmerie
Mauritania Mauritanian Armed Forces: Army, Navy (Marine Mauritanienne; includes Naval Infantry), Air Force (Force Aerienne Islamique de Mauritanie, FAIM) (2005)
Mauritius National Police Force (includes the paramilitary Special Mobile Force or SMF and National Coast Guard)
Mexico Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena): Army and Air Force (FAM)
Secretariat of the Navy (Semar): Naval Air and Marines (2004)
Micronesia, Federated States of no ministry of defense and no standing armed forces; the paramilitary Maritime Wing, a small maritime law enforcement unit, is responsible to the Division of Maritime Surveillance within the Office of the Attorney General (2003)
Moldova National Army: Ground Forces, Air Force
Mongolia Mongolian Armed Forces: Mongolian People's Army (MPA), Mongolian People's Air Force (MPAF) (2005)
Montserrat no regular military forces; Royal Montserrat Police Force (2005)
Morocco Royal Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force (Force Aerienne Royale Marocaine)
Mozambique Mozambique Armed Defense Forces: Army, Navy, Air and Air Defense Forces, Logistics Command
Namibia Namibian Defense Force: Army (includes Air Wing), Navy, Police
Nauru no regular military forces; Nauru Police Force
Nepal Royal Nepalese Army (includes Royal Nepalese Army Air Service), Nepalese Police Force
Netherlands Royal Netherlands Army, Royal Netherlands Navy (includes Naval Air Service and Marine Corps), Royal Netherlands Air Force (Koninklijke Luchtmacht, KLu), Royal Constabulary, Defense Interservice Command (DICO) (2004)
Netherlands Antilles National Guard, Police Force
New Caledonia no regular indigenous military forces; French Armed Forces (includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Gendarmerie); Police Force
New Zealand New Zealand Army, Royal New Zealand Navy, Royal New Zealand Air Force
Nicaragua Army (includes Navy, Air Force)
Niger Niger Armed Forces (Forces Armees Nigeriennes, FAN): Army, National Air Force (2005)
Nigeria Army, Navy, Air Force
Niue no regular indigenous military forces; Police Force
Norway Norwegian Army, Royal Norwegian Navy (includes Coastal Rangers and Coast Guard (Kystvakt)), Royal Norwegian Air Force (Kongelige Norske Luftforsvaret, RNoAF), Home Guard
Oman Royal Omani Armed Forces: Royal Army of Oman, Royal Navy of Oman, Royal Air Force of Oman (2005)
Pakistan Army, Navy, Air Force
Palau no regular military forces; Police Force
Panama an amendment to the Constitution abolished the armed forces, but there are security forces (Panamanian Public Forces or PPF includes the Panamanian National Police, National Maritime Service, and National Air Service)
Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Defense Force (includes Maritime Operations Element, Air Operations Element)
Paraguay Army, Navy (includes Naval Aviation, River Defense Corps, Coast Guard), Air Force
Peru Army (Ejercito Peruano), Navy (Marina de Guerra del Peru; includes Naval Air, Naval Infantry, and Coast Guard), Air Force (Fuerza Aerea del Peru; FAP)
Philippines Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP): Army, Navy (includes Coast Guard, Marine Corps), Air Force
Poland Land Forces, Navy, Polish Air Force (PSP)
Portugal Army, Navy (Marinha Portuguesa; includes Marine Corps), Air Force (Forca Aerea Portuguesa, FAP), National Republican Guard (Guarda Nacional Republicana) (2005)
Puerto Rico no regular indigenous military forces; paramilitary National Guard, Police Force
Qatar Qatari Amiri Land Force (QALF), Qatari Amiri Navy (QAN), Qatari Amiri Air Force (QAAF)
Reunion no regular indigenous military forces; French forces (includes Army, Navy, Air Force, and Gendarmerie)
Romania Land Forces, Naval Forces, Air and Air Defense Forces (AMR), Special Operations, Civil Defense (2005)
Russia Ground Forces (SV), Navy (VMF), Air Forces (VVS); Airborne Troops (VDV), Strategic Rocket Troops (RVSN), and Space Troops (KV) are independent "combat arms," not subordinate to any of the three branches
Rwanda Rwandan Defense Forces: Army, Air Force
Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis Defense Force (includes Coast Guard), Royal Saint Kitts and Nevis Police Force
Saint Lucia Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (includes Special Service Unit, Coast Guard)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines no regular military forces; Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (includes Special Service Unit), Coast Guard
Samoa no regular armed services; Samoa Police Force
San Marino Voluntary Military Force (Corpi Militari Voluntar); note - performs ceremonial duties and limited police assistance
Sao Tome and Principe Armed Forces of Sao Tome and Principe (FASTP): Army, Coast Guard, Presidential Guard (2004)
Saudi Arabia Land Force (Army), Navy, Air Force, Air Defense Force, National Guard, Ministry of Interior Forces (paramilitary)
Senegal Army, Navy (Marine Senegalaise), Air Force (2005)
Serbia and Montenegro Serbian and Montenegrin Armed Forces (Vojska Srbije i Crne Gore, VSCG): Ground Forces, Air and Air Defense Forces, Naval Forces (2005)
Seychelles Seychelles Defense Force: Army, Coast Guard (includes Navy Wing, Air Wing), National Guard (2005)
Sierra Leone Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF): Army (includes Air Wing, Maritime Wing)
Singapore Singapore Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Air Defense (2005)
Slovakia Army of the Slovak Republic (Armady Slovenskej Republika): Land Command, Air Forces (Vozdushne Sily), Training and Support Command, Logistics Command (2005)
Slovenia Slovenian Army (includes Air and Naval Forces)
Solomon Islands no regular military forces; Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIP)
Somalia A Somali National Army was attempted under the interim government; numerous factions and clans maintain independent militias, and the Somaliland and Puntland regional governments maintain their own security and police forces
South Africa South African National Defense Force (SANDF): Army, Navy, Air Force, Joint Operations, Joint Support, Military Intelligence, Military Health Service (2004)
Spain Army, Navy, Air Force (Ejercito del Aire, EdA), Naval Infantry
Sri Lanka Army, Navy, Air Force, Police Force
Sudan Sudanese People's Armed Forces (SPAF): Army, Navy, Air Force, Popular Defense Force
Suriname National Army (includes small Navy and Air Force elements)
Swaziland Umbutfo Swaziland Defense Force (USDF): Ground Force (includes Air Wing), Royal Swaziland Police Force (RSPF) (2005)
Sweden Army, Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN), Air Force (Flygvapnet)
Switzerland Land Forces, Swiss Air Force (Schweizer Luftwaffe)
Syria Syrian Arab Army, Syrian Arab Navy, Syrian Arab Air Force (includes Air Defense Command), Police and Security Force
Taiwan Army, Navy (includes Marine Corps), Air Force, Coast Guard Administration, Armed Forces Reserve Command, Combined Service Forces Command, Armed Forces Police Command
Tajikistan Army, Air Force, Air Defense Force
Tanzania Tanzanian People's Defense Force (JWTZ): Army, Naval Wing, Air Defense Command (includes Air Wing), National Service
Thailand Royal Thai Army, Royal Thai Navy (includes Royal Thai Marine Corps), Royal Thai Air Force
Togo Togolese Armed Forces (FAT): Army, Navy, Air Force, Gendarmerie (2005)
Tonga Tonga Defense Services: Ground Forces (Royal Marines, Royal Guard), Maritime Force (includes Air Wing)
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force: Ground Force, Coast Guard (includes Air Wing) (2004)
Tunisia Army, Navy, Air Force (2003)
Turkey Turkish Armed Forces (TSK): Land Forces, Naval Forces (includes Naval Air and Naval Infantry), Air Force
Turkmenistan Ground Forces, Air and Air Defense Forces (2004)
Tuvalu no regular military forces; national police force
Uganda Ugandan Peoples' Defense Force (UPDF): Army, Marine Unit, Air Wing
Ukraine Ground Forces, Naval Forces, Air Forces (Viyskovo-Povitryani Syly), Air Defense Forces (2002)
United Arab Emirates Army, Navy (includes Marines and Coast Guard), Air and Air Defense Force, paramilitary forces (includes Federal Police Force)
United Kingdom Army, Royal Navy (includes Royal Marines), Royal Air Force
United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard (Coast Guard administered in peacetime by the Department of Homeland Security, but in wartime reports to the Department of the Navy)
Uruguay Army, Navy (includes Naval Air Arm, Marines, Maritime Prefecture in wartime), Air Force
Uzbekistan Army, Air and Air Defense Forces, National Guard
Vanuatu no regular military forces; security forces comprise the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) and paramilitary Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF), which includes Vanuatu's naval force, known as the Police Maritime Wing (PMW); border security in Vanuatu is the joint responsibility of the Customs and Inland Revenue Service, VPF, VMF, and PMW (2003)
Venezuela National Armed Forces (Fuerzas Armadas Nacionales, FAN): Ground Forces or Army (Fuerzas Terrestres or Ejercito), Naval Forces (Fuerzas Navales or Armada - includes Marines, Coast Guard), Air Force (Fuerzas Aereas or Aviacion), Armed Forces of Cooperation or National Guard (Fuerzas Armadas de Cooperacion or Guardia Nacional)
Vietnam People's Army of Vietnam: Ground Forces, People's Navy Command (includes Naval Infantry), Air and Air Defense Force, Coast Guard
Yemen Army (includes Special Forces), Naval Forces and Coastal Defenses (includes Marines), Air Force (includes Air Defense Forces), Republican Guard (2002)
Zambia Zambian National Defense Force (ZNDF): Army, Air Force, Police, National Service
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Defense Forces (ZDF): Zimbabwe National Army, Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ), Zimbabwe Republic Police (2005)

This page was last updated on 20 October, 2005

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