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Albania Military


The Albanian Armed Forces (Forcat e Armatosura të Shqipërisë) first formed after independence in 1912. Today it is made up of the General Staff Headquarters, the Albanian Joint Forces Command, the Albanian Support Command and the Albanian Training and Doctrine Command.

One of the most important conditions to fulfill, due to NATO integration, was the increasing of the military budget. According to Government of Albania plans, military expenditure will reach 2% of GDP in 2008 (already approved by the parliament on the budget of 2008 – for the defence 2.01% of GDP).Since February 2008, Albania participates officially in NATO's Operation Active Endeavor in the Mediterranean Sea and received a NATO membership invitation on 3 April 2008.


Military branches
Joint Force Command (includes Land, Naval, and Aviation Brigade Commands), Joint Support Command (includes Logistic Command), Training and Doctrine Command (2009)

Military service age and obligation
19 years of age (2004)

Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49: 944,592
females age 16-49: 908,527 (2008 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
males age 16-49: 798,454
females age 16-49: 767,143 (2008 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
male: 36,340
female: 33,077 (2008 est.)

Military expenditures
1.49% of GDP (2005 est.)





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