The defense, which is based on selective military duty
with an initial 24-month service, comprises (2009) 3,100 men
and is organized into five battalions and nine smaller
patrol boats. Semi-military security forces amount to 2,300
men. The material is semi-modern and of mixed origin.
Defense costs fell from 1.4% to 1.0% of GDP in 1985-2007.
The conflict in Darfur, which erupted in 2003, has
greatly affected the security policy situation both in the
country and in neighboring Chad. In 2008, the EU based 3,700
men (EUFOR Chad / RCA) and the UN 350 men (MINURCAT) in the
Central African Republic and Chad, mainly to protect the
civilian population. The force was expanded in 2009 to 6,000
men and to a peacekeeping mission. In both countries, there
are peacekeeping forces and observers from 46 countries,
among others. Austria, France, Ireland, Poland, Russian
Federation and Sweden. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that CAF stands for Central African Republic.