Military of Greece
|Hellenic Armed Forces
Eλληνικές Ένοπλες Δυνάμεις
|Service branches|| Hellenic Army
Hellenic Air Force
|Commander-in-chief of the armed forces||President Karolos Papoulias|
|Minister of National Defense||Dimitris Avramopoulos|
|Chief of the General Staff of National Defense||General Michail Kostarakos|
|Military age||19 years of age|
|Conscription||9 months for all men|
|2,535,174 males, age 15–49 (2008 est.),
2,517,273 females, age 15–49 (2008 est.)
|2,084,469 males, age 15–49 (2008 est.),
2,065,956 females, age 15–49 (2008 est.)
|53,858 males (2008 est.),
50,488 females (2008 est.)
|Active personnel||109,070 (2012) |
|Budget||€3.272 billion. (2012)|
|Percent of GDP||1.69% (2012)|
|Domestic suppliers||ELBO, EAS (EBO, Pyrkal), OMI, KEA, EAB, EADS|
|Foreign suppliers|| France
|Ranks||Greek military ranks|
The civilian authority for the Greek military is the Ministry of National Defense.
Conscription, budget, international operations
Greece currently has universal compulsory military service for males, under which all men above 18 years of age serve for 9 months. Women may serve in the Greek military, but cannot be conscripted. According to NATO, in 2008, Greece spent 2.8 percent of G.D.P. on its military, or about €6.9 billion, or around $9.3 billion. Greece is the largest importer of conventional weapon in Europe and its military spending is the highest in the European Union (relative to G.D.P).
Component forces and their organization
Hellenic National Defense General Staff
The Hellenic National Defense General Staff, carries out the operational commanding of the Joint Headquarters and the units that come under them, as well as the rest forces, when it comes to the issues of operation plans implementation and the Crises management System implementation, conduction of operations outside the national territory and participation of the Armed Forces in the confrontation of special situations during peace time.
The basic components of the Hellenic Army are Arms and Corps, the first responsible for combat missions and the latter for logistical support. It is organized in Commands, formations, and units with the basic being brigade, division and corps. Its main mission is to guarantee the territorial integrity and independence of the state.
Hellenic Navy disposes a powerful fleet, consisted of strike units (Frigates, Gunboats, Submarines and Fast Attack Guided Missile Vessels) and support vessels in order to conduct naval operations that ensure the protection of Hellenic territories.
Hellenic Air Force
Hellenic Air Force incorporates a modern air fleet (for combat, transportation and training), the congruent structure, as well as a modern system of air control, which cooperates with a widespread net of anti aircraft defense. The structure of its forces includes the General Staff of Air Force, the Command Post of Regular Army, the Air Support Command, the Air Training Command and a number of units and services.
- Conscription in Greece
- Hellenic Military Academy
- Greek military ranks
- Hellenic Republic / Ministry of National Defense
- List of Greek military bases
- Military history of Greece
- Military history of Greece during World War II
- Athens War Museum
- Hellenic Ministry of Defense - Official Site
- Hellenic National Defense General Staff - Official Site
- Hellenic Army General Staff - Official Site
- Hellenic Navy General Staff - Official Site
- Hellenic Air Force General Staff - Official Site
- Defense expenditures of NATO countries
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