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Honduras Military


Branches of Honduras' amerd forces include the Army, Navy (including Marines) and Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Honduras).

The Honduran military maintains an active force of 8,300 with 60,000 registered as reserves. In 2002 there were 5,500 in the army, 1,800 in the air force, and 1,000 in the navy, including 400 marines. Paramilitary public security forces numbered 6,000 personnel. The United States maintains a small military presence in Honduras.

The resolution of the civil wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua and across-the-board budget cuts made in all ministries has brought reduced funding for the Honduran armed forces. The abolition of the draft has created staffing gaps in the now all-volunteer armed forces. The military now is far below its authorised strength and further reductions are expected. In January 1999, the Constitution was amended to abolish the position of military commander-in-chief of the armed forces, thus codifying civilian authority over the military. Since 2002 soldiers have been involved in crime prevention and law enforcement, patrolling the streets of the major cities alongside the national police.


Military branches
Army, Navy (includes Marines), Honduran Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Hondurena, FAH) (2008)

Military service age and obligation
18 years of age for voluntary 2 to 3-year military service (2004)

Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49: 1,868,940
females age 16-49: 1,825,770 (2008 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
males age 16-49: 1,359,406
females age 16-49: 1,371,418 (2008 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
male: 90,876
female: 87,292 (2008 est.)

Military expenditures
0.6% of GDP (2006 est.)