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Government, Defense

Military conscription, paramilitary force, Commonwealth of Independent States, Soviet republics, military forces

Before Armenia gained independence in 1991, its military forces were part of the Soviet Unionís centralized security system. In the early 1990s the Armenian government began to develop a small, combat-ready defense force. Armeniaís objective of military self-reliance places an emphasis on small, highly mobile, and well-trained units. The number of soldiers on active duty has surpassed the initial goal of 30,000, with an estimated 42,006 troops in 2001. Armenia also has a paramilitary force of about 1,000 troops. Military conscription is for 18 months for all males at the age of 18. An estimated 4,300 troops under Russiaís jurisdiction are stationed in Armenia in accordance with the collective security system of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a loose alliance of most of the former Soviet republics.



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Military conscription, paramilitary force, Commonwealth of Independent States, Soviet republics, military forces, troops, CIS, active duty, independence, males, emphasis, age, accordance, months

 
 

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