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Government, Defense

officer corps, supreme commander, air defense, ultimate authority, National Guard

Egypt’s armed forces in 2001 totaled 443,000, with 320,000 in the army, 104,000 in the air force, and 19,000 in the navy, and the remainder in the air defense or shared commands. Affiliated with the armed forces are the reserves, the Central Security Forces, and the National Guard. Each branch is headed by a commander, above whom stands the commander in chief of the armed forces. The president has ultimate authority over the military as its supreme commander. All males except only sons serve three years of compulsory military service, while officers serve longer terms. The officer corps exercises great political influence.



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