Military: Belgium

Military branches:

Belgian Armed Forces: Land Operations Command, Naval Operations Command, Air Operations Command (2012)

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:

country comparison to the world:  108   

Transnational Issues: Belgium

Disputes - international:


Refugees and internally displaced persons:

stateless persons: 3,898 (2012)

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