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Military in Réunion


One-fourth of the islanders are of French origin, including those in the military; Réunion is the headquarters for French military forces in the Indian Ocean area.

As an overseas département of France, defence of this island is the responsibility of France.


Military branches :
no regular indigenous military forces; French forces (includes Army, Navy, Air Force and Gendarmerie) (2005)

Military service age and obligation :
18 years of age (2004)

Manpower available for military service :
males age 18-49: 183,421
females age 18-49: 185,606 (2005 est.)

Manpower fit for military service :
males age 18-49: 142,578
females age 18-49: 154,273 (2005 est.)

Manpower reaching military service age annually :
males age 18-49: 7,339
females age 18-49: 7,007 (2005 est.)

Military - note :
defence is the responsibility of France





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