After the 1992 peace agreement, the defense has been
greatly reduced. It is based on selective military duty with
an initial service of 18 months and (2009) comprises about
16,000 men, with 9,900 men in reserve. It is organized into
6 independent brigades, 39 patrol boats, 19 fighter planes
and 22 armed helicopters. Half-military police forces amount
to 17,000 men. The material is semi-modern and of Western
origin. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that SLV stands for El Salvador.
Defense costs rose from 4.4% to 4.8% of GDP in 1985-2007.
El Salvador participates in the UN peacekeeping operations
in Iraq (MNF) and with observers in Ivory Coast (UNOCI),
Lebanon (UNIFIL), Liberia (UNMIL), Sudan (UNMIS) and Western
Sahara (MINURSO). The US has an advanced staff unit of about
20 men in the country.