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Antigua & Barbuda Military


The Royal Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force (RABDF) is the armed force of Antigua & Barbuda. The RABDF consists of four major units:

1st Battalion, Antigua & Barbuda Regiment – this is the infantry unit and fighting arm of the defence force;

Service and Support Unit – established in 1997, this provides administrative, logistic and engineer support to the rest of the defence force;

Coast Guard – this is the maritime element of the defence force, and is divided into four units:

Commanding Officer's office,
Engineer Unit,
Administration Unit,
Flotilla – the flotilla is the operational part of the Coast Guard, and consists of four vessels;

Antigua & Barbuda Cadet Corps.

The RABDF has responsibility for several different roles: internal security, prevention of drug smuggling, the protection and support of fishing rights, prevention of marine pollution, search and rescue, ceremonial duties, assistance to government programs, provision of relief during natural disasters, assistance in the maintenance of essential services and support of the police in maintaining law and order.

The RABDF is the world's smallest military, consisting of 245 people. It is thus much better equipped for fulfilling its civil roles as opposed to providing a deterrence against would-be aggressors or in defending the nation during a war.


Military branches :
Royal Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force (2010)

Military service age and obligation :
18 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2010)

Manpower available for military service :
males age 16-49: 20,909
females age 16-49: 23,815 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service :
males age 16-49: 17,475
females age 16-49: 19,764 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually :
male: 763
female: 758 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures :
0.5% of GDP (2009)





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