Kyrgyz Army

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Kyrgyz Army
Patch of Kyrgyz Armed Forces.svg
Uniform sleeve patch of the Kyrgyz Armed Forces
ActiveJanuary 25, 2017-Present
Country Kyrgyzstan
BranchArmed Forces of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan
TypeGround Force
Size8,500 (2012)
ColorsRed and Yellow
Commander-in-chiefSooronbay Jeenbekov
Commander of the ArmyColonel Nurlan Kiresheyev[1]
Military Ensign (Kyrgyz, obverse)Military Ensign of Kyrgyz Armed Forces (Kyrgyz).svg
Military Ensign (Russian, reverse)Military Ensign of Kyrgyz Armed Forces (Russian).svg

The Kyrgyz Land Forces, also commonly known as the Kyrgyz Army is the infantry branch of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. The current commander of the Kyrgyz Army is Colonel Nurlan Kiresheyev.[2]


Kyrgyzstani authorities at first thought not having an entire army. That idea has since has been replaced by plans to create a conscripted army of 5,000 troops. During the months since independence, Kyrgyzstan advocated for a unified CIS Army which would replace the Soviet army. Those plans collapsed when Russia announced that it would not finance CIS troops. In April 1992, Kyrgyzstan formed a State Committee for Defense Affairs, and in June the republic took control of all troops on its soil (meaning remaining units of the former Soviet army).[3]In 1994, 30 percent of the officer corps were ethnic Russians.[4]The first commander was General Valentin Luk'yanov, an ethnic Ukrainian.[5] On January 25, 2017, President Almazbek Atambayev officially founded the Kyrgyz Army, with Colonel Erlis Terdikbayev acting as its first commander.[6]


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  4. ^ Buyers, Lydia M. (2003). Central Asia in Focus: Political and Economic Issues. Nova Publishers. ISBN 9781590331538.
  5. ^ Hays, Jeffrey. "MILITARY IN KYRGYZSTAN: WEAPONS, TROOPS, POLICY | Facts and Details". Retrieved 2017-12-03.
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