Dominican Republic

Military:  Dominican Republic

Military branches:

Army (Ejercito Nacional, EN), Navy (Marina de Guerra, MdG; includes naval infantry), Dominican Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Dominicana, FAD) (2013)

Military service age and obligation:

17-21 years of age for voluntary military service; recruits must have completed primary school and be Dominican Republic citizens; women may volunteer (2012)

Manpower available for military service:

males age 16-49: 2,580,083

females age 16-49: 2,464,698 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:

males age 16-49: 2,188,358

females age 16-49: 2,090,180 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:

male: 100,047

female: 96,302 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures:

country comparison to the world: 152

Transnational Issues:  Dominican Republic

Disputes - international:

Haitian migrants cross the porous border into the Dominican Republic to find work; illegal migrants from the Dominican Republic cross the Mona Passage each year to Puerto Rico to find better work

Illicit drugs:

transshipment point for South American drugs destined for the US and Europe; has become a transshipment point for ecstasy from the Netherlands and Belgium destined for US and Canada; substantial money laundering activity in particular by Colombian narcotics traffickers; significant amphetamine consumption (2008)

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