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Lesotho:
Military & Transnational Issues

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Military branches
Definition
Lesotho Defense Force (LDF): Army (includes Air Wing) (2008)
Military service age and obligation
Definition
18 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2008)
Manpower available for military service
Definition
males age 16-49: 525,203
females age 16-49: 522,485 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 262,101
females age 16-49: 238,350 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
2.6% (2006)
Military - note
Definition
Lesotho's declared policy is maintenance of its independent sovereignty and preservation of internal security; in practice, external security is guaranteed by South Africa; restructuring of the Lesotho Defense Force (LDF) and Ministry of Defense and Public Service over the past five years has focused on subordinating the defense apparatus to civilian control and restoring the LDF's cohesion; the restructuring has considerably improved capabilities and professionalism, but the LDF is disproportionately large for a small, poor country; the government has outlined a reduction to a planned 1,500-man strength, but these plans have met with vociferous resistance from the political opposition and from inside the LDF (2008)
Disputes - international
Definition
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