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Military in Lebanon


The Lebanese Armed Forces (Al-Quwwāt al-Musallaḥa al-Lubnāniyya) is the military of the Republic of Lebanon. It consists of three branches – the army, the air force and the navy. The motto of the Lebanese Armed Forces is "Honour, Sacrifice, Loyalty". The Lebanese Armed Forces emblem consists of a Lebanon Cedar tree surrounded by two laurel leaves, positioned above the symbols of the three branches: the ground forces represented by the two swords, the navy represented by an anchor, and the air force represented by two wings.

The Lebanese Armed Forces' primary missions include defending Lebanon and its citizens against external aggression, maintaining internal stability and security, confronting threats against the country's vital interests, engaging in social development activities, and undertaking relief operations in coordination with public and humanitarian institutions.

Lebanon is a major recipient of foreign military aid. With $400 million since 2005, it is the second largest per capita recipient of American military aid behind Israel.


Military branches : Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF): Lebanese Army ((Al Jaysh al Lubnani) includes Lebanese Navy (Al Quwwat al Bahiriyya al Lubnaniya), Lebanese Air Force (Al Quwwat al Jawwiya al Lubnaniya)) (2013)
Military service age and obligation : 18-30 years of age for voluntary military service; 18-24 years of age for officer candidates; no conscription (2012)
Manpower available for military service : males age 16-49: 1,081,016
females age 16-49: 1,115,349 (2010 est.)
Manpower fit for military service : males age 16-49: 920,825
females age 16-49: 941,806 (2010 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually : male: 36,856
female: 35,121 (2010 est.)
Military expenditures : 3.1% of GDP (2005 est.)




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