Dominican Army

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Dominican Republic Army
Ejército de República Dominicana
Seal of the Dominican Army.svg
Emblem of the Dominican Army
Founded February 27, 1844; 173 years ago (1844-02-27)
Country  Dominican Republic
Type Army
Role Defend the Dominican Republic and serve its citizens. Support other branches and civil authorities in time of emergencies.
Size 45,800 personnel, 12 helicopters
Anniversaries February 27
Engagements Dominican War of Independence
Dominican Restoration War
U.S. occupation of the Dominican Republic
Dominican Civil War
Commanders
Current
commander
May. Gen. Braulio A. Alcántara
Notable
commanders
Gen. Matías Ramón Mella

The Army of the Dominican Republic or Ejército de República Dominicana, is one of the three branches of the Armed Forces of the Dominican Republic, together with the Navy and the Air Force.

The army is twice as large as the other services, consisting of approximately 20,000 active duty personnel. It includes six infantry brigades, a combat support brigade, a combat service support brigade and the air cavalry squadron.

History[edit]

Stationed near Santo Domingo, the first brigade has traditionally been the most powerful of the brigades, by virtue of its location and military resources. The First Brigade had five infantry battalions and a battalion of engineers. The Second Brigade and the Third Brigade are based at Santiago and Barahona, respectively. Their assets are spread throughout the country, and their units are mainly focused on local issues. The Fourth Brigade, also called Armed Forces Training Center (CEFA) because of their extensive training mission is at San Isidro, ten kilometers east of the capital. The Fourth Brigade controls the armored battalion and three infantry battalions. The Fourth Brigade also provided basic, advanced and specialized training. Also at San Isidro is the artillery battalion of the army, which was organized as a separate staff in order. Another independent and very powerful organization is the Combat Support Command, which includes the Presidential Guard Battalion and units of the military police, health and uniforms. Since 1989, assets include fourteen armored light tanks, twenty armored vehicles, and ten armored vehicles. The artillery is equipped with twenty-two 105mm Auril howitzers. Organization


   units under the general command of the army CGE

Fortress CESFRONT at Comendador, Elías Piña Province

       1st GRAL Presidential Guards Regiment. BRIGADIER A. DIAZ LUCIANO TEJEDA (Santo Domingo)
       The 2nd Honors Regiment of the Ministry of Defence, Santo Domingo)
   The 6th Battalion HUNTERS MOUNTAIN (Constance)
   1st Air Cavalry Squadron, Mayor Aníbal Vallejo Pilot Sosa, E.N. (International Airport La Isabela):
           2 Robinson R-44
           4 Robinson R-22
           5 Bell OH-58C
           3 Bell OH-58A +
   1st Infantry Brigade - CG Santo Domingo
       Infantry Battalion 1 JUAN PABLO DUARTE (Com. And all elements at Camp August 16, Santo Domingo).
       2 Infantry Battalion Francisco del Rosario Sánchez (Com. And all elements at Camp August 16, Santo Domingo).
       3 Infantry Battalion MATIAS RAMON MELLA (Com. And all elements at Camp Ramon Mella, San Cristobal).
       CSEC. Exploration and Recognition (Camp August 16, Santo Domingo) - equipped with soft skin vehicles, including SUVs.
       Heavy Mortars battery (Camp August 16, Santo Domingo) - equipped with four M30 4.2 inch mortars.
   2nd Infantry Brigade - CG santiago
       Infantry Battalion 5 (Com., Support Company Infantry Companies & 5, 6 & 7, all in Santiago.)
       Infantry Battalion 7 (Com, and Support Company Infantry Company 12 in San Francisco de Macoris,. Companies Infantry Cotuy 11, 13 & 14 in Nagua Samana).
       Infantry Battalion 8 (Com, and Support Company Infantry Company 8 in Puerto Plata, infantry companies Moca 9 & 10 in San Jose de Matas).
       Exploration Platoon (Fortaleza San Luis, Santiago.) - Equipped with soft skin vehicles, including SUVs.
       Howitzer Battery (Fortaleza San Luis, Santiago.) - Equipped with four M-101 105mm howitzers.
       6th Battalion (in reserve).
       7th Battalion (in reserve).
       11.er battalion (reserve).
   3rd Infantry Brigade - CG San Juan de la Maguana
       Infantry Battalion 12 (Com, and Support Company Infantry Company 22 at Azua).

Fortaleza March 19, headquarters of Infantry Battalion 12 Azua

       Infantry Battalion 13 (Com, and Support Company Infantry Company 23 at San Juan de Maguana, 24 Infantry Company in Elias Pina).
       Infantry Battalion 14 (Com and Support Company in Las Matas de Farfán,. Infantry Company 25 at Pedro Santana).
       Exploration Platoon - equipped with soft skin vehicles, including SUVs.
       Heavy Mortars battery - ECIA equipped with four 120 mm Mortars.
   4th Infantry Brigade - CG Mao
       Macheteros Infantry Battalion 9 (Com. And all elements at Fte. November 19, Mao).
       Infantry Battalion 10 (Com, and Support Company Infantry Company 16 at Dajabon, 15 Infantry Companies in Monte Cristi & Restoration 17).
       Infantry Battalion 11 (Com and Support Company in La Vega, 26 Infantry Company at Sabana Iglesia).
           Exploration Platoon (Source November 19, Mao.) - Equipped with soft skin vehicles, including SUVs.
       Heavy Mortars battery (Fte November 19, Mao.) - - ECIA equipped with four 120 mm mortars.
   5th Infantry Brigade - CG Barahona
       15 Infantry Battalion (Com and Support Company at Barahona,.  18 & 19 Infantry Companies at Jimani Neiba).
       16 Infantry Battalion (Com, and Support Company Infantry Company 20 at Duvergé;. Infantry Company 21 at Pedernales).
           Exploration Platoon - equipped with soft skin vehicles, including SUVs.
               Heavy Mortars battery - ECIA equipped with four 120 mm mortars.
   6th Infantry Brigade - CG San Pedro de Macoris
       Infantry Battalion 4 (Com & Support Company Infantry Company 1 at San Pedro de Macoris,. Infantry Company 2 at La Romana)
       Infantry Battalion 17 (Com & Support Company Infantry Company 4 at El Seybo;. Infantry Company 3 at Higuey)
           Exploration Platoon - equipped with soft skin vehicles, including SUVs.
               Heavy Mortars battery ECIA equipped with four 120 mm mortars.
   Combat Support Brigade - CG Villa Mella, Santo Domingo
       Armored Battalion (Com and all elements at Villa Mella.):
               1st Squadron 12 M-41 light tank.
               2nd Squadron 8 V-150 Commando AFVs. 4 currently with 1st Presidential Guard Group, 2 were transferred to Counter-Terrorist Group.
               3rd Squadron 16 M3 A1 half-tracks.
       Artillery Battalion (Com and all elements at Villa Mella.): 12 Reinosa 105mm / 26 120mm howitzers and 8 ECIA mortars
       Engineer Battalion (Com and all elements at Santo Domingo).
       Battalion Communications (Com and all elements at Santo Domingo).
   Service Support Brigade - CG Santo Domingo
       Service Support Battalion (Com and all elements at Santo Domingo.):
   Quartermaster Company (Santo Domingo)
   Health Company (Santo Domingo)
   Military Police Company (Santo Domingo)
       Maintenance Battalion War Materials (CG in Santo Domingo); which includes the Armeros Company at San Cristobal).
       Transport Battalion (HQ and all elements at Santo Domingo).
   GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MILITARY STUDIES, ERD.
       School Command and Staff College (based at San Isidro)
   GENERAL MANAGEMENT TRAINING
       Military School (based at San Isidro)
       Training Battalion (based at Camp February 27 at Santo Domingo)

Aircraft inventory

The National Opera 15 Army helicopters. Aircraft Origin Type Versions In Service2 Notes Bell OH-58 Kiowa Flag of the United States.svg United States Observation Helicopter OH-58A / C 9 Robinson R22 Flag of the United States.svg United States R22 helicopter 4 Training Robinson R44 Flag of the United States.svg United States Utility Helicopter R44 2 Combat vehicles

Aircraft inventory[edit]

The Army operates 15 helicopters.

Aircraft Origin Type Versions In service[1] Notes
Bell OH-58 Kiowa  United States Scout helicopter OH-58A
OH-58C
3
5
One lost on 10 October 2014.[2]
Robinson R22  United States Training helicopter R22 4
Robinson R44  United States Utility helicopter R44 2

The Dominican Army Kiowas are equipped with FLIR cameras for night operations.

Current equipment[edit]

Small arms[edit]

Note: This equipment is also used by the other branches of the Armed Forces, and the Counter-terrorism group.

Mortars[edit]

  • M-29 81 mm  United States (104)
  • M1 81 mm  United States
  • M2 60 mm  United States
  • M-30 4.2 inch  United States (4)
  • ECIA 120 mm  Spain (24)

Anti-armor weapons[edit]

Armor[edit]

Artillery[edit]

Anti-aircraft weapons[edit]

Motor vehicles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Military Aircraft Inventory", Aerospace Source Book 2007, Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 15, 2007.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-17. Retrieved 2015-01-08. 

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