Military: Bulgaria

Military branches:

Bulgarian Armed Forces: Ground Forces, Naval Forces, Bulgarian Air Forces (Bulgarski Voennovazdyshni Sily, BVVS) (2011)

Military service age and obligation:

18-27 years of age for voluntary military service; conscription ended in January 2008; service obligation 6-9 months (2012)

Manpower available for military service:

males age 16-49: 1,637,470

females age 16-49: 1,621,352 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:

males age 16-49: 1,320,955

females age 16-49: 1,337,616 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:

male: 33,444

female: 32,075 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures:

country comparison to the world:  52   

Transnational Issues: Bulgaria

Disputes - international:


Illicit drugs:

major European transshipment point for Southwest Asian heroin and, to a lesser degree, South American cocaine for the European market; limited producer of precursor chemicals; vulnerable to money laundering because of corruption, organized crime; some money laundering of drug-related proceeds through financial institutions (2008)