Kosovo Security Force

The Kosovo Security Force (KSF; Albanian: Forca e Sigurisë së Kosovës, Serbian: Косовске безбедносне снаге, romanized: Kosovske bezbednosne snage) is the military of Kosovo,[lower-alpha 1] tasked with territorial defense, military support for civil authorities in cases of crisis at home and abroad, and participation in international peacekeeping missions.

Kosovo Security Force
Albanian: Forca e Sigurisë së Kosovës
Serbian: Косовске безбедносне снаге
Founded1 January 2009; 12 years ago (2009-01-01)
Current form14 December 2018
In the process of moving from Kosovo Security Force to Kosovo Armed Forces
HeadquartersPristina, Kosovo
Commander-in-chiefVjosa Osmani
Minister of DefenseArmend Mehaj
Commander of Kosovo Security ForceLt. Gen. Rrahman Rama
Military age18
Fit for
military service
950,000[1], age 15–49
Active personnel5,000
Reserve personnel3,000
Budget€69,976,970 (2020)[2]
Percent of GDP1.03%
Related articles
HistoryKosovo Liberation Army
Kosovo Protection Corps
RanksMilitary ranks of Kosovo

In March 2008, the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) and the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) started preparations for the formation of the Kosovo Security Force. According to guidance laid out in the Ahtisaari Plan, the security force is permitted to carry light weapons and the Government of Kosovo and the international community planned to bring the force in line with NATO standards. The admission and the training of personnel began in early June, when NATO experts arrived in Kosovo to guide the process, and from early December 2008, enlisting of candidates between 18 and 30 years old began. In December 2018, the Assembly of Kosovo passed legislation to redefine the KSF as a "professional military force" and to establish a defence ministry.[3][4][5]