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Belize:
Military & Transnational Issues

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Military branches
Definition
Belize Defense Force (BDF): Army, BDF Air Wing, BDF Volunteer Guard (2007)
Military service age and obligation
Definition
18 years of age for voluntary military service; laws allow for conscription only if volunteers are insufficient; conscription has never been implemented; volunteers typically outnumber available positions by 3:1 (2008)
Manpower available for military service
Definition
males age 16-49: 74,605
females age 16-49: 72,926 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 54,627
females age 16-49: 53,500 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Definition
males age 16-49: 3,580
females age 16-49: 3,449 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
1.4% (2006)
Disputes - international
Definition
OAS-initiated Agreement on the Framework for Negotiations and Confidence Building Measures saw cooperation in repatriation of Guatemalan squatters and other areas, but Guatemalan land and maritime claims in Belize and the Caribbean Sea remain unresolved; the Line of Adjacency created under the 2002 Differendum serves in lieu of the contiguous international boundary to control squatting in the sparsely inhabited rain forests of Belize's border region; Honduras claims Belizean-administered Sapodilla Cays in its constitution but agreed to a joint ecological park under the Differendum
Illicit drugs
Definition
transshipment point for cocaine; small-scale illicit producer of cannabis, primarily for local consumption; money-laundering activity related to narcotics trafficking and offshore sector


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