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Luxembourg Military
 
 
 

General

The military of Luxembourg consists of a solitary branch: the army, which is commanded by a colonel; Luxembourg has no navy or air force. The army has been an all-volunteer force since 1967. It has a current strength of approximately 450 professional soldiers, about 340 enlisted recruits and 100 civilians, and a total budget of $120 million. The army is under civilian control. The Commander-in-Chief is the Grand Duke, but day-to-day responsibility for defence matters is vested in the Minister for Defence, currently Jean-Louis Schiltz (since February 23, 2006), under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.

Luxembourg has participated in the Eurocorps since 1994, has contributed troops to the UNPROFOR and IFOR missions in former Yugoslavia, and participates with a small contingent in the current NATO SFOR mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Luxembourg army is integrated into the Multinational Beluga Force under Belgian command. Luxembourg troops have also deployed to Afghanistan to support ISAF. Luxembourg has financially supported international peacekeeping missions during the 1991 Gulf War, in Rwanda and, more recently, Albania. The army also has participated in humanitarian relief missions such as setting up refugee camps for Kurds and providing emergency supplies to Albania.

Overview

Military branches
Army

Military service age and obligation
17 years of age for voluntary military service; soldiers under 18 are not deployed into combat or with peacekeeping missions (2004)

Manpower available for military service
males age 17-49: 110,867
females age 17-49: 108,758 (2005 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
males age 17-49: 90,279
females age 17-49: 88,638 (2005 est.)

Manpower reaching military service age annually
males age 18-49: 2,775
females age 17-49: 2,703 (2005 est.)

Military expenditures - percent of GDP
0.9% (2005 est.)

 
 



 



 


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