Republic of Honduras


Events during the 1980s in El Salvador and Nicaragua led Honduras—with US assistance—to expand its armed forces considerably, laying particular emphasis on its air force, which came to include a squadron of US-provided F-5s. The resolution of the civil wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua and across-the-board budget cuts made in all ministries has brought reduced funding for the Honduran armed forces. The abolition of the draft has created staffing gaps in the now all-volunteer armed forces. The military now is far below its authorized strength, and further reductions are expected. In January 1999, the Constitution was amended to abolish the position of military commander-in-chief of the armed forces, thus codifying civilian authority over the military. President Flores also named the first civilian minister of defense in the country's history.

Military branches: Army, Navy (includes Marines), Air Force
Military manpower - military age: 18 years of age
Military expenditures - dollar figure: $33 million (FY98)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP: 0.6% (FY98)

Military branches:  
Army, Navy (includes Naval Infantry), Air Force
Military service age and obligation:  
18 years of age for voluntary 2-3 year military service (2004)
Manpower available for military service:  
males age 18-49: 1,448,369 (2005 est.)
Manpower fit for military service:  
males age 18-49: 955,019 (2005 est.)
Manpower reaching military service age annually:  
males: 77,399 (2005 est.)
Military expenditures - dollar figure: Rank Order
$100.6 million (2004)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP: Rank Order
1.4% (2004)


Republic of Honduras

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