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General

Bosnian Armed Forces were unified in 2005 and are composed of two founding armies: Bosniak-Croat, Army of the Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina and the Bosnian Serb, Army of Republika Srpska. The Ministry of Defence of Bosnia & Herzegovina, founded in 2004, is in charge of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Conscription was completely abolished in Bosnia & Herzegovina effective on and from 1 January 2006. The supreme commander of the Bosnian Armed Forces is the President of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

There are three regiments that have soldiers of one of the three ethnic groups of Bosnia: Bosnian, Croats and Serbians from the past armies that were created during the Bosnian war. These regiments have the distinct ethnic insignia of the Croats, Serbians and Bosniaks.

Bosnia & Herzegovina deployed a unit of 37 men to destroy munitions and clear mines, in addition to 6 command personnel as part of the Multinational force in Iraq. The unit was first deployed to Fallujah, then Talil Air Base, and is now located at Camp Echo.

In December 2006, the Bosnian government formerly extended its mandate through June 2007. Bosnia & Herzegovina is planning to send another 49 soldiers from the 6th infantry division to Iraq in August 2008, their mission will be to protect/guard Camp Victory in Baghdad.

Overview

Military branches
Bosnia & Herzegovina Armed Forces (OSBiH): Army of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Air and Air Defence Forces of Bosnia & Herzegovina (Zrakoplovstvo i Protuzracna Obrana, ZPO) (2009)

Military service age and obligation
17 years of age for voluntary military service in the Federation and in the Republika Srpska; conscription abolished January 2006; 4-month service obligation (2006)

Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49: 1,212,007
females age 16-49: 1,170,645 (2008 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
males age 16-49: 991,953
females age 16-49: 959,226 (2009 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
male: 27,368
female: 25,644 (2009 est.)

Military expenditures
4.5% of GDP (2005 est.)

 

 
 


 



 


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