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Malta Military
 
 
 

General

The objectives of the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) are to maintain a military organisation with the primary aim of defending the Islands' integrity according to the defence roles as set by Government in an efficient and cost effective manner. This is achieved by emphasizing the maintenance of Malta's territorial waters and airspace integrity.

The AFM also engages in combating terrorism, fighting against illicit drug trafficking, conducting anti-illegal immigrant and anti-illegal fishing operations, operating Search and Rescue (SAR) services, and physical/electronic security/surveillance of sensitive locations. Malta's Search and Rescue area extends from east of Tunisia to west of Crete covering an area of around 250,000 km².

As a military organisation, the AFM provides backup support to the Malta Police Force (MPF) and other government departments/agencies in situations as required in an organised, disciplined manner in the event of national emergencies (such as natural disasters) or internal security and bomb disposal.

On another level, the AFM establishes and/or consolidates bilateral co-operation with other countries to reach higher operational effectiveness related to AFM roles.

Overview

Military branches
Armed Forces of Malta (AFM; includes air and maritime elements) (2005)

Military service age and obligation
18 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2001)

Manpower available for military service
males age 18-49: 90,651
females age 18-49: 87,047 (2005 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
males age 18-49: 74,525
females age 18-49: 71,333 (2005 est.)

Military expenditures - percent of GDP
0.7% (2006 est.)

 
 



 



 


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