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Military in Jordan


The Jordanian Armed Forces with all of it branches, is under direct control of the King of Jordan. The Jordanian Armed forces is also referred as, The Arab Army. It was formed on 1 March 1956 by renaming the Arab Legion. Then-King Hussein wanted at the time to distance himself from the British and disprove the contention of Arab nationalists that John Glubb, the Arab Legion's commander, was the actual ruler of Jordan. Glubb was dismissed on the same date.

The main objectives of the Jordanian Armed Forces are:

1) protect the kingdom of Jordan borders from any invasion;
2) protect the people inside the kingdom and their rights;
3) protect the King of Jordan.

Jordan's military shield consists of three branches - the Jordan Arab Army, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Coast Guard. Throughout the armed services, high training standards are the rule. Jordan has emphasized quality rather than quantity, and does not expand its forces more rapidly than its training and organisational capabilities permit. Jordan also has a highly efficient police force, border police and desert patrols who form the Public Security Force.


Military branches
Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF): Royal Jordanian Land Force, Royal Jordanian Navy, Royal Jordanian Air Force (Al-Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Malakiya al-Urduniya, RJAF), Special Operations Command (Socom); Public Security Directorate (normally falls under Ministry of Interior, but comes under JAF in wartime or crisis) (2008)

Military service age and obligation
17 years of age for voluntary military service; conscription at age 18 was suspended in 1999, although all males under age 37 are required to register; women not subject to conscription, but can volunteer to serve in non-combat military positions (2004)

Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49: 1,812,551
females age 16-49: 1,559,155 (2008 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
males age 16-49: 1,546,766
females age 16-49: 1,339,366 (2008 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
males age 16-49: 68,067
females age 16-49: 65,512 (2008 est.)

Military expenditures - percent of GDP
8.6% (2006)





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