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Military branches
Royal Barbados Defense Force: Troops Command, Barbados Coast Guard (2007)
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
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 58,556
females age 16-49: 58,143 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
0.5% (2006 est.)
Military - note
the Royal Barbados Defense 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)
Disputes - international
Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago abide by the April 2006 Permanent Court of Arbitration decision delimiting a maritime boundary and limiting catches of flying fish in Trinidad and Tobago's exclusive economic zone; joins other Caribbean states to counter Venezuela's claim that Aves Island sustains human habitation, a criterion under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which permits Venezuela to extend its EEZ/continental shelf over a large portion of the eastern Caribbean Sea
Illicit drugs
one of many Caribbean transshipment points for narcotics bound for Europe and the US; offshore financial center

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