Military of Nigeria

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Military of Nigeria - Active duty personnel in the three Nigerian armed services total approximately 76,000.

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The Nigerian Army Emblem

The Nigerian Army, the largest of the services, has about 60,000 personnel deployed in the 1st and 2nd Mechanized Infantry Divisions (located in Kaduna and Ibadan), 3rd Armoured Division (Jos), 81st Division, Lagos (Amphibious), 82nd Division (Airborne and Amphibious), and the Abuja-based Guards Brigade. There are also Divisional Artillery Brigades, as well as Combat Engineer Regiments spread all over the country. It has demonstrated its capability to mobilize, deploy, and sustain brigades in support of peacekeeping operations in Liberia, former Yugoslavia, Angola, Rwanda, Somalia, and Sierra Leone. The operation in Liberia (ECOMOG) is viewed as one of the best examples of gallantry by the Armed Forces.

The Nigerian Navy (7,000) is divided into Western, Eastern, Training and Headquarters' Commands (Lagos, Calabar, Lagos and Abuja). It is equipped with frigates, fast attack craft, convettes, and coastal patrol boats and helicopter gunships. The Nigerian Air Force (9,000) flies transport, trainer, helicopter, and fighter aircraft, but most are fully operational. Nigeria also has pursued a policy of developing domestic training and military production capabilities. Nigeria has continued a strict policy of diversification in her military procurement from various countries.

Military branches: Army, Navy, Air Force

Military manpower - military age: 18 years of age

Military manpower - availability:
males age 15-49: 32,665,407 (2004 est.)

Military manpower - fit for military service:
males age 15-49: 18,763,229 (2004 est.)

Military manpower - reaching military age annually:
males: 1,452,231 (2004 est.)

Military expenditures - dollar figure: $469.8 million (2003)

Military expenditures - percent of GDP: 0.9% (2003)

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The Nigerian Navy Emblem

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