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Military in Guyana


The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) was formed on November 1, 1965. Members of the new Defence Force were drawn from the British Guiana Volunteer Force (BGVF), Special Service Unit (SSU), British Guiana Police Force BGPF and civilians. Training assistance was provided by British instructors.

The GDF is an integral part of the Guyanese nation. Resources and equipment of the GDF are used to help other Guyanese, examples include medical mercy flights and the construction of roads and airstrips by the Engineering Corps.

Enlistment into the Force is voluntary for officers and soldiers. Basic training is done within GDF training schools, which has also trained officers and soldiers from Commonwealth Caribbean territories. However, officers are trained at two of the world-renowned British officer training schools: Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (Infantry Training) and Britannia Royal Naval College (Coast Guard Training).

The training and skills gained by the members of the GDF have been used when they move either into civilian life or into the sister military organisations, the Guyana People's Militia (now the Second Infantry Battalion Group Reserve) and the Guyana National Service.


Military branches : Guyana Defence Force: Army (includes Air Corps, Coast Guard) (2012)
Military service age and obligation : 16 years of age or younger for voluntary military service; no conscription (2013)
Manpower available for military service : males age 16-49: 189,840 (2010 est.)
Manpower fit for military service

: males age 16-49: 133,239

females age 16-49: 147,719 (2010 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually : male: 8,849

female: 8,460 (2010 est.)
Military expenditures : 1.9% of GDP (2011)




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