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Benin:
Military & Transnational Issues

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Military branches
Definition
Benin Armed Forces (FAB): Army (l'Arme de Terre), Benin Navy (Forces Navales Beninois, FNB), Benin People's Air Force (Force Aerienne Populaire de Benin, FAPB) (2008)
Military service age and obligation
Definition
21 years of age for compulsory and voluntary military service; in practice, volunteers may be taken at the age of 18; both sexes are eligible for military service; conscript tour of duty - 18 months (2006)
Manpower available for military service
Definition
males age 16-49: 1,908,457
females age 16-49: 1,882,421 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 1,173,742
females age 16-49: 1,162,113 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Definition
males age 16-49: 96,230
females age 16-49: 94,436 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
1.7% (2006)
Disputes - international
Definition
in September 2007, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) intervened to attempt to resolve the dispute over two villages along the Benin-Burkina Faso border that remain from 2005 ICJ decision; much of Benin-Niger boundary, including tripoint with Nigeria, remains undemarcated; in 2005, Nigeria ceded thirteen villages to Benin, but border relations remain strained by rival cross-border gang clashes; talks continue between Benin and Togo on funding the Adjrala hydroelectric dam on the Mona River
Refugees and internally displaced persons
Definition
refugees (country of origin): 9,444 (Togo) (2007)
Illicit drugs
Definition
transshipment point used by Nigerian traffickers for narcotics destined for Western Europe; vulnerable to money laundering due to poorly enforced financial regulations


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