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Mauritius Military
 
 
 

General

Mauritius does not have a standing army. All military, police, and security functions are carried out by 10,000 active-duty personnel under the command of the Commissioner of Police. The 8,000-member National Police Force is responsible for domestic law enforcement. The 1,500-member Special Mobile Force (SMF) and the 500-member National Coast Guard are the only two paramilitary units in Mauritius. Both units are composed of police officers on lengthy rotations to those services.

The SMF is organised as a ground infantry unit, with six rifle companies, two mobilisable paramilitary companies, and one engineer company, according to the IISS Military Balance 2007. It engages extensively in civic works projects. The Coast Guard has four patrol craft for search-and-rescue missions and surveillance of territorial waters. A 100-member police helicopter squadron assists in search-and-rescue operations. There also is a special supporting unit of 270 members trained in riot control.

Military advisers from the United Kingdom and India work with the SMF, the Coast Guard, and the Police Helicopter Unit, and Mauritian police officers are trained in the UK, India and France. The United States provides training to Mauritian Coast Guard officers in such fields as seamanship and maritime law enforcement.

Overview

Military branches :
no regular military forces; Mauritius Police Force, Special Mobile Force, National Coast Guard (2009)

Manpower available for military service :
males age 16-49: 343,279 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service :
males age 16-49: 279,405
females age 16-49: 283,023 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually :
male: 10,565
female: 10,447 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures :
0.3% of GDP (2006 est.)

 

 
 

 



 


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