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Moldova Military


The Moldovan Armed Forces consist of the Ground Forces, and Air and Air Defence Forces.

Moldova has accepted all relevant arms control obligations of the former Soviet Union. On October 30, 1992, Moldova ratified the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, which establishes comprehensive limits on key categories of conventional military equipment and provides for the destruction of weapons in excess of those limits. It acceded to the provisions of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in October 1994 in Washington, DC. It does not have nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons. Moldova joined the NATO's Partnership for Peace on March 16, 1994.

A transition to a professional force of 12,000 to 15,000 volunteers was planned at first, but when fighting erupted in 1991 between supporters of the central government in Chisinau and supporters of separatist regions, males between eighteen and forty years of age were mobilised, and the size of Moldova's military was temporarily expanded to meet the demands of the Transnistrian conflict. In early 1995, the armed forces totalled some 11,000 volunteers, and there were plans to gradually create a professional army, similar to that of the United States

Moldova is committed to a number of international and regional control of arms regulations such as the UN Firearms Protocol, Stability Pact Regional Implementation Plan, the UN Programme of Action (PoA) and the OSCE Documents on Stockpiles of Conventional Ammunition.


Military branches :
National Army: Land Forces Command (includes special forces), Air Forces Command (includes air defence unit), Logistics Command (2010)

Military service age and obligation :
18 years of age for compulsory military service; 17 years of age for voluntary service; male registration required at age 16; 12-month service obligation (2009)

Manpower available for military service :
males age 16-49: 1,150,585
females age 16-49: 1,168,169 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service :
males age 16-49: 877,031
females age 16-49: 979,128 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually :
male: 30,012
female: 28,450 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures :
0.4% of GDP (2005 est.)




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