Costa Rica's constitution does not allow regular armed
forces. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that CRI stands for Costa Rica. 9,600 men semi-military, permanent staff provide
(2008) border guard (2,500 police), coast guard (400 men)
and surface surveillance (4,500 lightly armed gendarmes).
The Coast Guard has 14 patrol boats and 12 light aircraft/
helicopters. Defense costs decreased in 1985-2006 from 0.7%
to 0.4% of GDP.