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Yemen Military


The Yemen military consists of the army, navy, and air force. A major reorganisation of the armed forces continues. The unified air forces and air defenses are now under one command. The navy has concentrated in Aden. Total armed forces manning numbers about 65,000, with conscripts accounting for 42,500. The army reserves contain approximately 75,000 members. The Yemen Arab Republic and The People's Democratic Republic of Yemen joined to form the Republic of Yemen on 22 May 1990.

The army was equipped with 790 main battle tanks and some 310 towed artillery pieces. The navy of 1,500 operated 11 patrol and coast combatants and nine other vessels. The air force, with 5,000 members, had 76 combat aircraft and eight attack helicopters. The paramilitary included a national security force of 50,000, and at least 20,000 tribal levies. A coast guard was established in 2002. Yemen spent $482.5 million for defense in 2001, or 5.2% of GDP. At the time of writing, it has increased to about 7%.


Military branches
Army (includes Special Forces), Navy (includes Marines), Unified Yemen Air Force (includes Air Defense Force) (2006)

Military service age and obligation
in May 2001, Yemen's National Defense Council abolished compulsory military service and authorized a voluntary program for military service (2004)

Manpower available for military service
males age 18-49: 4,058,223
females age 18-49: 3,868,112 (2005 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
males age 18-49: 2,790,705
females age 18-49: 2,792,406 (2005 est.)

Manpower reaching military service age annually
males age 18-49: 236,517
females age 18-49: 230,641 (2005 est.)

Military expenditures - dollar figure
$992.2 million (2005 est.)

Military expenditures - percent of GDP
7% (2006 est.)

Military - note
a Coast Guard was established in 2002





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