Military: Benin

Military branches:

Benin Armed Forces (Forces Armees Beninoises, FAB): Army (l'Arme de Terre), Benin Navy (Forces Navales Beninois, FNB), Benin Air Force (Force Aerienne du Benin, FAB) (2013)

Military service age and obligation:

18-35 years of age for selective compulsory and voluntary military service; a higher education diploma is required; both sexes are eligible for military service; conscript tour of duty - 18 months (2013)

Manpower available for military service:

males age 16-49: 2,095,373

females age 16-49: 2,038,351 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:

males age 16-49: 1,385,065

females age 16-49: 1,400,045 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:

male: 108,496

female: 104,526 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures:

country comparison to the world:  96   

Transnational Issues: Benin

Disputes - international:

talks continue between Benin and Togo on funding the Adjrala hydroelectric dam on the Mona River; Benin retains a border dispute with Burkina Faso around the town of Koualou; location of Benin-Niger-Nigeria tripoint is unresolved

Illicit drugs:

transshipment point used by traffickers for cocaine destined for Western Europe; vulnerable to money laundering due to poorly enforced financial regulations (2008)