Military:  NIGER

Military branches:

Nigerien Armed Forces (Forces Armees Nigeriennes, FAN): Army, Nigerien Air Force (Force Aerienne du Niger) (2012)

Military service age and obligation:

18 is the presumed legal minimum age for compulsory or voluntary military service; enlistees must be Nigerien citizens and unmarried; 2-year service term; women may serve in health care (2012)

Manpower available for military service:

males age 16-49: 3,329,184

females age 16-49: 3,267,669 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:

males age 16-49: 2,194,570

females age 16-49: 2,219,416 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:

male: 186,348

female: 180,779 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures:

country comparison to the world: 132

Transnational Issues:  NIGER

Disputes - international:

Libya claims about 25,000 sq km in a currently dormant dispute in the Tommo region; location of Benin-Niger-Nigeria tripoint is unresolved; only Nigeria and Cameroon have heeded the Lake Chad Commission's admonition to ratify the delimitation treaty that also includes the Chad-Niger and Niger-Nigeria boundaries; the dispute with Burkina Faso was referred to the ICJ in 2010

Refugees and internally displaced persons:

refugees (country of origin): 50,000 (Mali); 10,000 (Nigeria) (2013)

IDPs: undetermined (unknown how many of the 11,000 people displaced by clashes between government forces and the Tuareg militant group, Niger Movement for Justice, in 2007 are still displaced; inter-communal violence) (2012)