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Republican Guard, small navy, border guards, air force, Soviet Union

Prior to independence, Kazakhstan had no armed forces separate from those of the Soviet Union. In 1992 Kazakhstan began to establish a national defense force. In 1996 a small navy was established. By 2001 the country had an army of 45,000 personnel, an air force of 19,000, and a navy of 100. The armed forces also include three paramilitary units—the Republican Guard, security troops of the Ministry of the Interior, and border guards. A two-year term of military service is mandatory for all males when they reach the age of 18.



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