Military branches:

Swiss Armed Forces: Land Forces, Swiss Air Force (Schweizer Luftwaffe) (2013)

Military service age and obligation:

19-26 years of age for male compulsory military service; 18 years of age for voluntary male and female military service; every Swiss male has to serve at least 260 days in the armed forces; conscripts receive 18 weeks of mandatory training, followed by seven 3-week intermittent recalls for training during the next 10 years (2012)

Manpower available for military service:

males age 16-49: 1,828,043

females age 16-49: 1,786,552 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:

males age 16-49: 1,493,509

females age 16-49: 1,459,450 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:

male: 46,562

female: 42,585 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures:

1% of GDP (2005 est.)

country comparison to the world: 128

Transnational Issues:  SWITZERLAND

Disputes - international:


Refugees and internally displaced persons:

refugees (country of origin): 10,981 (Eritrea) (2012)

stateless persons: 69 (2012)

Illicit drugs:

a major international financial center vulnerable to the layering and integration stages of money laundering; despite significant legislation and reporting requirements, secrecy rules persist and nonresidents are permitted to conduct business through offshore entities and various intermediaries; transit country for and consumer of South American cocaine, Southwest Asian heroin, and Western European synthetics; domestic cannabis cultivation and limited ecstasy production