Armed Forces of Mauritania

The Armed Forces of Mauritania (Arabic: الجيش الوطني الموريتاني, French: Armée Nationale Mauritanienne[4]) is the defence force of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, having an army, navy, air force, gendarmerie, and presidential guard. Other services include the national guard and national police, though they both are subordinated to the Ministry of the Interior. As of 2018, the Mauritanian armed forces budget was 3.9% of the country's GDP.

Armed Forces of Mauritania
الجيش الوطني الموريتاني
Armée Nationale Mauritanienne
Emblem of the Mauritanian Armed Forces
Flag of the Mauritanian Armed Forces
Service branchesMauritanian National Army
Mauritanian National Navy
Mauritania Islamic Air Force[1]
PresidentMohamed Ould Ghazouani
Prime MinisterMohamed Ould Bilal
Minister of DefenseHanena Ould Sidi
Chief of National Army StaffGeneral Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed Lemine
Conscription2 years
Available for
military service
718,713[2] males, age 15–49,
804,622 females, age 15–49
Fit for
military service
480,042 males, age 15–49,
581,473 females, age 15–49
Reaching military
age annually
36,116 males,
36,826 females
Active personnel31,540 personnel, 5,000 para-military[3]
Reserve personnel66,000
Budget$190 million (FY2018)
Percent of GDP3.9% (FY2018)
Foreign suppliers France
 United States
 Saudi Arabia
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HistoryWestern Sahara War
Mauritania–Senegal Border War
2003 Mauritanian coup d'état attempt
2005 Mauritanian coup d'état
2008 Mauritanian coup d'état
RanksMilitary ranks of Mauritania

The military forces of Mauritania are listed by the IISS Military Balance 2007 as comprising 15,870 personnel with an additional 5,000 paramilitaries, in the national gendarmerie.[3] The Navy (Marine Mauritanienne) has 620 personnel and 11 patrol and coastal combatants, with bases at Nouadhibou and Nouakchott. The CIA reports that the navy includes naval infantry. The small Air Force (Force Aerienne Islamique de Mauritanie, FAIM) has 250 personnel, 2 FTB-337 aircraft, 15 transport aircraft of various types, and 4 SF-260E trainers. The 5,000 paramilitaries are divided in the National Gendarmerie (3,000), and the National Guard (2,000) who both report to the Ministry of the Interior. Other paramilitary services reported by the CIA in 2001 include the National Police, Presidential Guard (BASEP).[5]

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