Congo, Republic of the

Military:  Congo, Republic of the

Military branches:

Congolese Armed Forces (Forces Armees Congolaises, FAC): Army (Armee de Terre), Navy, Congolese Air Force (Armee de l'Air Congolaise); Gendarmerie; Special Presidential Security Guard (GSSP) (2013)

Military service age and obligation:

18 years of age for voluntary military service; women can serve in the Armed Forces; no conscription (2012)

Manpower available for military service:

males age 16-49: 928,664

females age 16-49: 914,265 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:

males age 16-49: 577,944

females age 16-49: 566,587 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:

male: 50,000

female: 49,641 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures:

country comparison to the world:  84   

Transnational Issues:  Congo, Republic of the

Disputes - international:

the location of the boundary in the broad Congo River with the Democratic Republic of the Congo is undefined except in the Pool Malebo/Stanley Pool area

Refugees and internally displaced persons:

refugees (country of origin): 8,404 (Rwanda); 89,424 (Democratic Republic of Congo) (2012)

IDPs: 7,800 (multiple civil wars since 1992) (2009)