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Sao Tome and Principe:
Military & Transnational Issues

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Military branches
Definition
Armed Forces of Sao Tome and Principe (FASTP): Army, Coast Guard of Sao Tome e Principe (Guarda Costeira de Sao Tome e Principe, GCSTP), Presidential Guard (2007)
Military service age and obligation
Definition
18 years of age (est.) (2004)
Manpower available for military service
Definition
males age 16-49: 42,340
females age 16-49: 43,781 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 33,735
females age 16-49: 36,779 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
0.8% (2006)
Military - note
Definition
Sao Tome and Principe's army is a tiny force with almost no resources at its disposal and would be wholly ineffective operating unilaterally; infantry equipment is considered simple to operate and maintain but may require refurbishment or replacement after 25 years in tropical climates; poor pay, working conditions, and alleged nepotism in the promotion of officers have been problems in the past, as reflected in the 1995 and 2003 coups; these issues are being addressed with foreign assistance aimed at improving the army and its focus on realistic security concerns; command is exercised from the president, through the Minister of Defense, to the Chief of the Armed Forces staff (2005)
Disputes - international
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