Saint Kitts and Nevis


Military branches:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Security, Labour, Immigration, and Social Security: Royal Saint Kitts and Nevis Defense Force (includes Coast Guard), Royal Saint Kitts and Nevis Police Force (2013)

Military service age and obligation:

18 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2012)

Manpower available for military service:

males age 16-49: 13,506

females age 16-49: 13,089 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:

males age 16-49: 10,742

females age 16-49: 10,923 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:

male: 380

female: 422 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures:


Transnational Issues:  SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS

Disputes - international:

joins other Caribbean states to counter Venezuela's claim that Aves Island sustains human habitation, a criterion under United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which permits Venezuela to extend its Economic Exclusion Zone/continental shelf over a large portion of the eastern Caribbean Sea

Illicit drugs:

transshipment point for South American drugs destined for the US and Europe; some money-laundering activity