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.