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Portugal:
Military & Transnational Issues

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Military branches
Definition
Portuguese Army (Exercito Portugues), Portuguese Navy (Marinha Portuguesa; includes Marine Corps), Portuguese Air Force (Forca Aerea Portuguesa, FAP) (2008)
Military service age and obligation
Definition
18 years of age for voluntary military service; compulsory military service ended in 2004; women serve in the armed forces, on naval ships since 1993, but are prohibited from serving in some combatant specialties (2005)
Manpower available for military service
Definition
males age 16-49: 2,573,913
females age 16-49: 2,498,262 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 2,099,647
females age 16-49: 2,060,559 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Definition
males age 16-49: 64,910
females age 16-49: 58,599 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
2.3% (2005 est.)
Disputes - international
Definition
Portugal does not recognize Spanish sovereignty over the territory of Olivenza based on a difference of interpretation of the 1815 Congress of Vienna and the 1801 Treaty of Badajoz
Illicit drugs
Definition
seizing record amounts of Latin American cocaine destined for Europe; a European gateway for Southwest Asian heroin; transshipment point for hashish from North Africa to Europe; consumer of Southwest Asian heroin


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