Cape Verde


Military:  Cape Verde

Military branches:

Armed Forces: Army (also called the National Guard, GN), Cape Verde Coast Guard (Guardia Costeira de Cabo Verde, GCCV; includes naval infantry) (2013)

Military service age and obligation:

18-35 years of age for male and female selective compulsory military service; conscript service obligation - 2 years; 17 years of age for voluntary service (with parental consent) (2013)

Manpower available for military service:

males age 16-49: 132,087

females age 16-49: 136,956 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:

males age 16-49: 106,864

females age 16-49: 117,518 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:

male: 6,029

female: 6,026 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures:

country comparison to the world:  164   

Transnational Issues:  Cape Verde

Disputes - international:


Illicit drugs:

used as a transshipment point for Latin American cocaine destined for Western Europe, particularly because of Lusophone links to Brazil, Portugal, and Guinea-Bissau; has taken steps to deter drug money laundering, including a 2002 anti-money laundering reform that criminalizes laundering the proceeds of narcotics trafficking and other crimes and the establishment in 2008 of a Financial Intelligence Unit (2008)