Military:  Jamaica

Military branches:

Jamaica Defense Force: Ground Forces, Coast Guard, Air Wing (2010)

Military service age and obligation:

17 1/2 is the legal minimum age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2012)

Manpower available for military service:

males age 16-49: 726,263

females age 16-49: 742,958 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:

males age 16-49: 590,673

females age 16-49: 596,414 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:

male: 33,369

female: 32,702 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures:

country comparison to the world: 130

Transnational Issues:  Jamaica

Disputes - international:


Illicit drugs:

transshipment point for cocaine from South America to North America and Europe; illicit cultivation and consumption of cannabis; government has an active manual cannabis eradication program; corruption is a major concern; substantial money-laundering activity; Colombian narcotics traffickers favor Jamaica for illicit financial transactions