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Maldives:
Military & Transnational Issues

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Military branches
Definition
Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF): Quick Reaction Force, Security Protection Group, Coast Guard (2007)
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: 89,505
females age 16-49: 85,745 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 72,150
females age 16-49: 69,058 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
5.5% (2005 est.)
Military - note
Definition
the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF), with its small size and with little serviceable equipment, is inadequate to prevent external aggression and is primarily tasked to reinforce the Maldives Police Service (MPS) and ensure security in the exclusive economic zone (2008)
Disputes - international
Definition
none
Refugees and internally displaced persons
Definition
IDPs: 1,000-10,000 (December 2004 tsunami victims) (2007)


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