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Basij, Revolutionary Guard, faqih, joint chief of staff, partisan politics

Upon the recommendation of the president, the faqih appoints a joint chief of staff to coordinate the five branches of the armed forces. These consist of an army (totaling 350,000 forces in 1997), an internal security force known as the Revolutionary Guard (125,000), a rural police force (40,000), a navy (20,600), and an air force (45,000). In addition, a total of 200,000 men and women were enlisted in a volunteer reserve force, the Basij. A two-year period of military service is required of all male citizens of Iran aged 18 and older. The Ministry of Defense exercises general supervision over the armed forces. In general, the military is under the tight control of the civilian government, and armed forces personnel are encouraged to avoid involvement in partisan politics.



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