A bilateral agreement is the end between Venezuela and
Bolivia aimed at strengthening Bolivia's defense during
crises. The ongoing reorientation against Venezuela is a
trend break. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that BOL stands for Bolivia.
The defense, which is based on selective military service
with an initial service of 12 months, comprises (2008)
approximately 46,000 men and is organized into 10 small
divisions with 54 patrol boats, 33 fighter aircraft and 15
armed helicopters. Half-military police forces amount to
37,000 men, of which a special drug police of 6,000 men. The
material is semi-modern and of Western origin.
Defense costs decreased in 1985-2006 from 2.0% to 1.4% of
GDP. Bolivia participates in some of the UN peacekeeping
efforts, including in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and in Congo
Bolivia's defense overview
Bolivia has voluntary military service with 12 months of
first-time service. Bolivia became a pacifist state by the
constitutional amendment in 2009, and the military can only
be used for defense. The total force figures for Bolivia's
armed forces are 34 100 active personnel (2018, IISS). In
addition, about 37 100 semi-military police forces are
The army has a workforce of 22,800 active personnel,
including 13,000 conscripts. Material comprising 54 light
tanks category Kürassier, about 148 armored personnel
carriers and two armored fighters. In addition, the Army has
medium-heavy artillery, light air defense artillery, four
light transport aircraft and seven helicopters.
The Air Force has a workforce of 6500 active personnel.
The equipment includes 88 transport aircraft, 30 training
aircraft (22 of which can also be used as light attack
aircraft) and 36 helicopters. In addition, the Air Force has
light air defense artillery.
The Navy has a workforce of 4800 active personnel,
including 1,700 Marines. The fleet includes three patrol
vessels and three auxiliary vessels.
Bolivia participated in 2018 with observers and a small
number of personnel in the UN operations in the Democratic
Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), in the Central African Republic
(MINUSCA), in Sudan (UNAMID) and in South Sudan (UNMISS).