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Military of BulgariaThe defense, which is based on selective military duty in 2004 with an initial nine-month service, comprises 45,000 men with about 300,000 men in reserve and is organized into an army of 25,000 men with five mechanized brigades. The Navy comprises 4,400 men with a submarine, a frigate, 23 patrol boats, two landing craft and a naval aircraft with about ten combat helicopters, etc. The Air Force comprises 13,100 men with about 177 fighter aircraft and 25 attack helicopters. The material is semi-modern of Soviet and domestic origin. Semi-military security forces amount to 16,000 men, in addition to 18,000 men for railway and other construction work. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that BUL stands for Bulgaria.

Military of Bulgaria

Bulgaria applied for membership in NATO in 1997 and joined in 2004. Defense costs have decreased from 6.6 to 2.8% of GDP from 1985 to 2001. Bulgaria participates in some of the UN peacekeeping efforts as well as in Iraq with 500 men.

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