Portuguese Armed Forces
The Portuguese Armed Forces (Portuguese: Forças Armadas) are the military of Portugal. They include the General Staff of the Armed Forces, the other unified bodies and the three service branches: Portuguese Navy, Portuguese Army and Portuguese Air Force.
|Portuguese Armed Forces|
|Service branches||Portuguese Army|
Portuguese Air Force
National Republican Guard
|Supreme commander||Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa|
|Prime Minister||António Costa|
|Minister of National Defence||João Gomes Cravinho|
|Chief of the General Staff||Admiral António Manuel Fernandes da Silva Ribeiro|
|2,566,264 males, age 18–35 (2010),|
2,458,297 females, age 18–35 (2010)
|2,103,080 males, age 18–35 (2010),|
2,018,004 females, age 18–35 (2010)
|62,208 males (2010),|
54,786 females (2010)
|Active personnel||32,992 (88% males, 12% females) (2016)|
|Budget||€2.928 billion ($3.358 billion) (2019)|
|Percent of GDP||1.41% (2019)|
|Domestic suppliers||idD - Portugal Defence|
|History||Military history of Portugal|
|Ranks||Military ranks of Portugal|
The President of the Republic is the head of the Portuguese military, with the title of "Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces" (Comandante Supremo das Forças Armadas). The management of the Armed Forces and the execution of the national defense policy is however done by the government (chaired by the Prime Minister) via its Minister of National Defense. The highest-ranking officer in the military is the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, which has operational control of the Armed Forces during peacetime and assumes their full control when a state of war exists.
The Armed Forces are charged with protecting Portugal as well as supporting international peacekeeping efforts when mandated by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the United Nations and/or the European Union.
Portugal was ranked the 3rd most peaceful country in the World in the Global Peace Index 2017, presently not having significant national security issues. The Portuguese Armed Forces have been thus focused in non military public service activities and in external military operations. Recent external operations include anti-piracy action in the Gulf of Aden, the conflicts in the Central African Republic and in Afghanistan, the peacekeeping missions in East-Timor, Lebanon, Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the air policing of Iceland and the Baltic States.