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Bulgaria:
Military & Transnational Issues

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Military branches
Definition
Bulgarian Armed Forces: Ground Forces, Naval Forces, Bulgarian Air Forces (Bulgarski Voennovazdyshni Sily, BVVS) (2008)
Military service age and obligation
Definition
18-27 years of age for voluntary military service; conscript service obligation - 9 months; as of May 2006, 67% of the Bulgarian Army comprised of professional soldiers; conscription ended as of 1 January 2008; Air and Air Defense Forces and Naval Forces became fully professional at the end of 2006 (2008)
Manpower available for military service
Definition
males age 16-49: 1,701,979
females age 16-49: 1,691,092 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 1,364,029
females age 16-49: 1,401,348 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Definition
males age 16-49: 39,477
females age 16-49: 37,339 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
2.6% (2005 est.)
Disputes - international
Definition
none
Illicit drugs
Definition
major European transshipment point for Southwest Asian heroin and, to a lesser degree, South American cocaine for the European market; limited producer of precursor chemicals; some money laundering of drug-related proceeds through financial institutions


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