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Military Forces of Colombia
Fuerzas Militares de Colombia
Escudo Fuerzas Militares de Colombia.svg
The tri-service badge
Service branches

Escudo Ejercito Nacional de Colombia.svg National Army
Escudo Armada Nacional de Colombia.svg National Navy
Escudo Infanteria de Marina de Colombia.svg Naval Infantry
Escudo Fuerza Aerea Colombiana.svg Air Force

Coat of arms of colombian national police.svg National Police
Commander-in-Chief President Juan Manuel Santos
Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón
General Commander General Alejandro Navas Ramos
Military age 18
Conscription 18 months Army and Air Force, 24 months Navy, 12 Months National Police
Available for
military service
23,287,388 (2008 est.)[1], age 15–49 (2005 est.)
Fit for
military service
17,976,288(2008 est.)[1], age 15–49 (2005 est.)
Reaching military
age annually
875,595[1] (2005 est.)
Active personnel 847,000[2] (ranked 19th)
Budget US$11.0229 billion[3] (COP$15.6 trillion) (FY09)
Percent of GDP 5.7%[4] (FY08)
Domestic suppliers Indumil
Foreign suppliers United States
 South Africa

The Military Forces of Colombia (Spanish: Fuerzas Militares de Colombia ) are the armed forces of the Republic of Colombia.


The Military of Colombia consists of:

The Specific Command of San Andres y Providencia was created on March 5, 1983 by the Ministry of Defense of Colombia. The Command is stationed in the islands of San Andres y Providencia which are located in the Caribbean sea northeast of Colombia between 10°49'00N y 16°10'10N and 76°15'00W y 82°00'00W.[5]


  • 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
  • War Superior College (Escuela Superior de Guerra (Colombia) ESDEGUE)


In 1999, Colombia assigned 3.6% of its GDP to defense, according to the National Planning Department. By 2007 this figure had risen to 6.1% of GDP, one of the highest rates 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.

World factbook statistics

Colombian Special Forces soldiers
A vessel of the Colombian Navy
  • 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)


  • Military expenditures - dollar figure: $11.0229 billion (FY09)[3]
  • Military expenditures - percent of GDP:6.5% (FY08)[4]

Rank Insignia

Colombian Navy Frigate ARC Caldas.
Colombia currently is developing its own Drone Program[6]

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