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Lesotho Military 2015

SOURCE: 2015 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Lesotho Military 2015
SOURCE: 2015 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on June 20, 2014

Military branches:
Lesotho Defense Force (LDF): Army (includes Air Wing) (2012)

Military service age and obligation:
18-24 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription; women serve as commissioned officers (2012)

Manpower available for military service:
males age 16-49: 472,456
females age 16-49: 508,953 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:
males age 16-49: 270,184
females age 16-49: 275,734 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:
male: 19,110
female: 20,037 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures:
1.94% of GDP (2012)
country comparison to the world: 43

2.3% of GDP (2011)
1.94% of GDP (2010)
[see also: Military expenditures country ranks ]

Military - note:
Lesotho's declared policy is maintenance of its independent sovereignty and preservation of internal security; in practice, external security is guaranteed by South Africa; restructuring of the Lesotho Defense Force (LDF) and Ministry of Defense and Public Service over the past five years has focused on subordinating the defense apparatus to civilian control and restoring the LDF's cohesion; the restructuring has considerably improved capabilities and professionalism, but the LDF is disproportionately large for a small, poor country; the government has outlined a reduction to a planned 1,500-man strength, but these plans have met with vociferous resistance from the political opposition and from inside the LDF (2008)


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Lesotho on this page is re-published from the 2015 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Lesotho Military 2015 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Lesotho Military 2015 should be addressed to the CIA.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may habe the following issues:
  a) They assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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