The defense, which is based on selective military duty with an initial 24-month service, comprises (2009) 3,100 men and is organized into five battalions and nine smaller patrol boats. Semi-military security forces amount to 2,300 men. The material is semi-modern and of mixed origin. Defense costs fell from 1.4% to 1.0% of GDP in 1985-2007.
The conflict in Darfur, which erupted in 2003, has greatly affected the security policy situation both in the country and in neighboring Chad. In 2008, the EU based 3,700 men (EUFOR Chad/RCA) and the UN 350 men (MINURCAT) in the Central African Republic and Chad, mainly to protect the civilian population. The force was expanded in 2009 to 6,000 men and to a peacekeeping mission. In both countries, there are peacekeeping forces and observers from 46 countries, among others. Austria, France, Ireland, Poland, Russian Federation and Sweden. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that CAF stands for Central African Republic.
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