Burkina Faso


Military: Burkina Faso

Military branches:

Army, Air Force of Burkina Faso (Force Aerienne de Burkina Faso, FABF), National Gendarmerie (2011)

Military service age and obligation:

18 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription; women may serve in supporting roles (2012)

Manpower available for military service:

males age 16-49: 3,735,735 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:

males age 16-49: 2,366,168

females age 16-49: 2,367,673 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:

male: 193,905

female: 191,662 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures:

country comparison to the world:  121   

Transnational Issues: Burkina Faso

Disputes - international:

adding to illicit cross-border activities, Burkina Faso has issues concerning unresolved boundary alignments with its neighbors; demarcation is currently underway with Mali, the dispute with Niger was referred to the ICJ in 2010, and a dispute over several villages with Benin persists; Benin retains a border dispute with Burkina Faso around the town of Koualou

Refugees and internally displaced persons:

refugees (country of origin): 49,975 (Mali) (2013)