- Military of Zimbabwe
Infobox National Military
name=Zimbabwe Defence Forces
caption=Flag of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces
Zimbabwe National Army, Air Force of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Republic Police
conscription=18-24 years of age
active=29,000 military, 21,800 paramilitary
amount=US$60 million (2006)
Military history of Zimbabwe
ranks=The armed forces of
Zimbabweare composed of an army (ZNA) and an air force (AFZ). Being a landlocked country, Zimbabwe has no navy.
The ZNA currently has an active duty strength of 30,000. The air force has about 5,000 men assigned. In July
1994the combined Zimbabwe Defence Forces Headquarters was created. The branches are Zimbabwe National Army, Air Force of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Republic Police(includes Police Support Unit,Paramilitary Police).
The main service rifle is the
It has been alleged by opposition leaders that the military has gained control of political life in Zimbabwe following the 2008 elections that saw the MDC become the majority party in the Parliament.
At the time of independence, the then Prime Minister
Robert Mugabedeclared that integrating Zimbabwe's three armed forces would be one of Zimbabwe's top priorities. The existing Rhodesian forces were combined with the two guerilla armies;the 20,000-strong ZANLAforces of ZANU-PF and the 15,000-strong ZIPRAforces of PF- ZAPU.
1999, the Government of Zimbabwe sent a sizeable military force into the Democratic Republic of Congo to support the government of President Laurent Kabiladuring the Second Congo War. Those forces were largely withdrawn in 2002.
* Central Intelligence Agency [https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/zi.html The World Factbook - Zimbabwe]
* Page 299.
* [http://www.mod.gov.zw/ Zimbabwe Ministry of Defence]
* [http://www.zimbabwedefence.com/ Zimbabwe Defence Forces Unofficial Website]
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