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Military of Chile

Military of Chile
Commander-in-chief President Michelle Bachelet
Minister of Defense Jorge Burgos
Military age 18 years of age
Available for
military service
Males age 15-49: 3,815,761 (2005 est), age 15–49
Fit for
military service
Males age 15-49: 3,123,281 (2005 est), age 15–49
Reaching military
age annually
Males: 150,084 (2005 est)
Active personnel 80,560 (ranked 59th)
Budget US$7.392 billion (2011 est)[1]
Percent of GDP 3.0% of GDP (2011 est)[1][2]
Domestic suppliers FAMAE
Detroit Chile

The Armed Forces of Chile (Fuerzas Armadas de Chile) are subject to civilian control exercised by the president through the Minister of Defense. This conscription service can be postponed for educational or religious reasons. In recent years and after several major reequipment programs, the Chilean Armed Forces have become one of the most technologically advanced and professional armed forces of South America .


  • Structure 1
    • Army 1.1
    • Navy 1.2
    • Air Force 1.3
  • See also 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5



The current commander-in-chief of the Chilean Army is General de Ejército Sr. Humberto Oviedo Arriagada. The 80,000-person army is organized in seven divisions and one air brigade. The army operates German Leopard 1 and 2 tanks as its main battle tanks. The recent purchase of 200 second-hand Leopard 2A4CHL from the German army is now being delivered.


Admiral Edmundo González Robles directs the 25,000-person Chilean Navy, including 4,800 Marines. Of the fleet of 66 surface vessels, eight are major combatant ships and they are based in Valparaíso. The navy operates its own aircraft for transport and patrol; there are no fighters or bomber aircraft but they have attack helicopters. The Navy also operates four submarines based in Talcahuano.

Air Force

Gen. Jorge Rojas Avila heads 11,000 strong King George Island, Antarctica.

See also


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^


  • Louis E.V. Nevaer, Latin America Divided Over Ties with China, Jan 26, 2011, New American Media,

External links

  • (Spanish) Ejército de Chile (Army)
  • (Spanish) Armada de Chile website (Navy)
  • (Spanish) Fuerza Aérea de Chile website (Air Force)
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