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Military of BelgiumThe defense is based on NATO membership. NATO's highest body (Atlantic Council) is located in Brussels, and the military NATO staff for Europe (SHAPE) is located at Mons. The defense comprises (2008) 40,000 men enlisted squad with 2,000 men in reserve. The conscience system has been discontinued. The defense is organized in an army of 12,000 men in a mechanized brigade and a rapid-fire brigade. The reserves form a territorial defense of eleven battalions. The Navy comprises 1,600 men with 2 frigates, 6 mine clearance vessels, etc. and is operated operationally from the Netherlands. The Air Force comprises 7,000 men with 71 fighter aircraft. The equipment is of a high NATO standard. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that BEL stands for Belgium.

Military of Belgium

Defense costs decreased in 1985–2006 from 3.0% to 1.1% of GDP. Belgium participates in a number of UN peacekeeping efforts. Afghanistan (ISAF), Bosnia and Herzegovina/ Croatia, Chad (EUFOR), Lebanon (UNIFIL II) and Serbia (KFOR). The United Kingdom has 400 men and the United States 1,350 men grouped in Belgium.

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