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Botswana:
Military & Transnational Issues

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Military branches
Definition
Botswana Defense Force (includes an air wing) (2008)
Military service age and obligation
Definition
18 is the apparent age of voluntary military service; the official qualifications for determining minimum age are unknown (2001)
Manpower available for military service
Definition
males age 16-49: 487,853
females age 16-49: 464,278 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 290,093
females age 16-49: 257,700 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Definition
males age 16-49: 23,007
females age 16-49: 22,551 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
3.3% (2006)
Disputes - international
Definition
Botswana still struggles to seal its border from thousands of Zimbabweans who flee economic collapse and political persecution; Namibia has long supported, and in 2004 Zimbabwe dropped objections to, plans between Botswana and Zambia to build a bridge over the Zambezi River at Kazungula crossing, thereby de facto recognizing the short, but not clearly delimited, Botswana-Zambia boundary


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