The defense, which is based on selective military duty
with an initial 24-month service, comprises 207,000 men and
a reserve of 60,000 men. In recent years, a significant
modernization and specialization in the fight against drugs
has been carried out by both the military and the police
units in collaboration with the United States.
The defense is organized in an army of 114,000 men,
232,000 fully-staffed, with an anti-terrorist unit of ten
mobile brigades, one of which is a drug-focused brigade; To
this are added six mechanized and two airborne brigades. The
Navy comprises 15,000 men, 27,000 men fully staffed, with
four submarines, four large surface combat vessels, 179
patrol boats and a navy corps of 14,000 men and a small
naval aircraft with submarine capacity. The Air Force
comprises 3,000 men, 8,200 men fully manned, with 52 fighter
planes and 24 modern attack helicopters. Semi-military
security forces amount to 129,000 men, of which the national
police 121,000 men have been supplemented with increased
mobility and with some military (air) capacity.
The material is the mother of Western origin. Defense
costs have increased from 1.6 to 2.8% of GDP in 1985-2005.
Various (left) revolutionary guerrilla groups (FARC) and
armed drug syndicates were organized as early as 1964 and
amount to about 22,000 men. In 1997, a (right) semi-military
organization (AUC) was organized, amounting to 12,000 men.
Colombia participates in peacekeeping operations with a
battalion of 358 men in Egypt (MFO). To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that COL stands for Colombia.