Military and Transnational Issues in Belgium

Military branches
Belgian Armed Forces: Land Operations Command, Naval Operations Command, Air Operations Commands (2010)
Military service age and obligation
18 years of age for male and female voluntary military service; conscription abolished in 1994 (2012)
Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49:
2,359,232
females age 16-49:
2,291,689 (2010 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
males age 16-49:
1,934,957
females age 16-49:
1,877,268 (2010 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
male:
59,665
female:
57,142 (2010 est.)
Military expenditures
1.3% of GDP (2005 est.)
rank:
113
Disputes - international
none
Illicit drugs
growing producer of synthetic drugs and cannabis; transit point for US-bound ecstasy; source of precursor chemicals for South American cocaine processors; transshipment point for cocaine, heroin, hashish, and marijuana entering Western Europe; despite a strengthening of legislation, the country remains vulnerable to money laundering related to narcotics, automobiles, alcohol, and tobacco; significant domestic consumption of ecstasy
Data source 1: All Above textual data, maps and flags were extracted from The World Factbook which was prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency and made available on the following link: The World Factbook. Lebanese Economy Forum is not sponsered or affiliated, in any way, by the US Central Intelligence Agency
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