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El Salvador:
Military & Transnational Issues

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Military branches
Definition
Salvadoran Army (ES), Salvadoran Navy (FNES), Salvadoran Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Salvadorena, FAS) (2008)
Military service age and obligation
Definition
18 years of age for selective compulsory military service; 16 years of age for voluntary service; service obligation - 8 months, but 11 months for officers and NCOs (2008)
Manpower available for military service
Definition
males age 16-49: 1,634,816
females age 16-49: 1,775,474 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 1,168,406
females age 16-49: 1,519,375 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Definition
males age 16-49: 73,915
females age 16-49: 71,252 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
5% (2006)
Disputes - international
Definition
International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on the delimitation of "bolsones" (disputed areas) along the El Salvador-Honduras boundary, in 1992, with final agreement by the parties in 2006 after an Organization of American States (OAS) survey and a further ICJ ruling in 2003; the 1992 ICJ ruling advised a tripartite resolution to a maritime boundary in the Gulf of Fonseca advocating Honduran access to the Pacific; El Salvador continues to claim tiny Conejo Island, not identified in the ICJ decision, off Honduras in the Gulf of Fonseca
Illicit drugs
Definition
transshipment point for cocaine; small amounts of marijuana produced for local consumption; significant use of cocaine


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