The defense, which is based on selective military duty
with an initial service of 18 months, comprises (2009) 4 750
men and is organized into 4 battalions, 2 patrol boats and a
few small aircraft. Semi-military security forces amount to
2,500 men. The material is older and of Soviet origin.
Defense costs fell from 1.1% to 0.9% of GDP in 1985-2007.
Benin participates in UN peacekeeping forces in Ivory Coast
(UNOCI) and Congo (Kinshasa) (MONUC) as well as with
observers in Liberia (UNMIL) and Sudan (UNMIS). To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that BEN stands for Benin.