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Namibia Military


The constitution of Namibia defined the role of the military as "defending the territory and national interests". Namibia formed the National Defence Force (NDF), comprising former enemies in a 23-year bush war the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) and South West African Territorial Force (SWATF). The British formulated the force integration plan and began training the NDF, which consists of five battalions and a small headquarters element. The United Nations Transitional Assistance Group (UNTAG)'s Kenyan infantry battalion remained in Namibia for three months after independence to assist in training the NDF and stabilise the north. According to the Namibian Defence Ministry, enlistments of both men and women will number no more than 7,500. Defence and security account for approximately 3.7% of government spending in 2006.

Defence cooperation at various levels has been explored with several governments, including the United States. Areas of cooperation include military education, training, and a fisheries program.

On 21 May 1990, Namibia signed a border-control agreement with Angola but to date has not entered into defence agreements with any country.


Military branches
Namibian Defence Force Army, Navy, Air Wing (2008)

Military service age and obligation
18-25 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2008)

Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49 527,948 (2008 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
males age 16-49 313,497 (2008 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
male 25,525
female 25,182 (2008 est.)

Military expenditures
3.7% of GDP (2006)





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