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Military Forces of Colombia

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Minister of Defense
Luis Carlos Villegas

Military age

Bogotá, Colombia

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Service branches
Colombian National Army Colombian National Navy  ∟ Colombian Naval Infantry  Colombian Air Force

President Juan Manuel Santos

General Commander
General Juan Pablo Rodriguez

18 months Army and Air Force, 24 months Navy, 12 Months National Police

Available for military service
23,287,388 (2008 est.), age 15–49 (2005 est.)

National Army of Colombia, Colombian Air Force, Colombian Navy, National Bolivarian Armed Fo, Bolivarian Navy of Venezuela


The Military Forces of Colombia (Spanish: Fuerzas Militares de Colombia) are the armed forces of the Republic of Colombia.
More specifically, the Colombian Constitution (Spanish: Constitución Política de Colombia) includes two overlapping definitions of what could be defined as 'armed forces' in English:


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  • Public Forces (Spanish: Fuerza Pública): Includes the Military Forces proper and the National Police (Title VII, chapter VII, Art. 216)
  • Military Forces (Spanish: Fuerzas Militares): Includes only the 3 major military services: Army, Navy and Air Force (Title VII, chapter VII, Art. 217)

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    This is a subtle yet important distinction, both in terms of emphasizing the civil nature of the National Police, and some differences that may apply to it as a service, as well as in clearing confusion when dealing with documents and references about the Colombian armed forces, in particular due to the large size of the police and the military-style operation and training of some of its most noticeable units, as a result of the Colombian Conflict.

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    The Colombian armed forces consist of:
    Military Forces:

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  • Colombian Army (Spanish: Ejército Nacional de Colombia)
  • Colombian Navy (Spanish: Armada Nacional de Colombia) - and attached services Marines and Coast Guard
  • Colombian Air Force (Spanish: Fuerza Aérea Colombiana)
  • And,

  • National Police of Colombia (Spanish: Policía Nacional de Colombia)
  • Strength in numbers As of September 2013


  • Military Medical Corps ('Sanidad Militar') - Medical and Nurse Corps
  • Indumil (Industrias Militares - INDUMIL) - Military Industry Depot
  • Military Sports Federation (Federación Deportiva Militar - FEDECODEMIL)
  • Military Printing (Imprenta Militar)
  • Military Museum (Museo Militar) - History of the Armed Forces of Colombia
  • Superior War College (Escuela Superior de Guerra (Colombia) ESDEGUE)
  • Funding

    In 2000, Colombia assigned 3.9% of its GDP to defense. By 2008 this figure had risen to 4.8%, ranking it 14th in the world. The armed forces number about 250,000 uniformed personnel: 145,000 military and 105,000 police. These figures do not include assistance personnel such as cooks, medics, mechanics, and so on. This makes the Colombian military one of the largest and most well-equipped in Latin America. Many Colombian military personnel have received military training assistance directly in Colombia and also in the United States. The United States has provided equipment and financing to the Colombian military and police through the military assistance program, foreign military sales, and the international narcotics control program, all currently united under the auspices of Plan Colombia.


    Overall strength in numbers of the Colombian Armed Forces as of September 2013

    World factbook statistics

  • Military manpower - military service age and obligation: 18 years of age for compulsory and voluntary military service; conscript service obligation - 24 months (2004)
  • Military manpower - availability:
  • males age 18-49: 10,212,456
  • females age 18-49: 10,561,562 (2005 estimate)
  • Military manpower - fit for military service:
  • males age 18-49: 6,986,228
  • females age 18-49: 8,794,465 (2005 estimate)
  • Military manpower - reaching military age annually:
  • males age 18-49: 389,735
  • females age 18-49: 383,146 (2005 estimate)
  • References

    Military Forces of Colombia Wikipedia