Belgian Armed Forces

The Belgian Defense Forces (Dutch: Defensie; French: La Défense)[2][3] is the national military of Belgium. The King of the Belgians is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces. The Belgian Armed Forces was established after Belgium became independent in October 1830. Since then, the Belgian armed forces have fought in World War I, World War II, the Cold War (Korean War and the Belgian occupation of the Federal Republic of Germany), Kosovo, Rwanda, Somalia and Afghanistan. The Armed Forces comprise five branches: the Land Component, the Air Component, the Marine Component, the Cyber Component and the Medical Component.

Belgian Armed Forces
Belgische Defensie (Dutch)
La Défense belge (French)
Belgische Streitkräfte (German)
Emblem of the Belgian Armed Forces
Founded1830; 193 years ago (1830)
Service branches Cyber Component
Prime MinisterAlexander De Croo
Minister of DefenceLudivine Dedonder
Chief of DefenceAdmiral Michel Hofman
Active personnel24,676 military personnel (2023)
Reserve personnel2,305 (2023)
Budget€5.672 billion (2021)[1]
Percent of GDP1.18% (2022)[1]
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RanksBelgian military ranks

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