The defense, which is based on selective military duty
with an initial service of 24 months, comprises (2009)
12,000 men and is organized into 9 battalions, 2 patrol
vessels and about 7 older fighter aircraft. Semi-military
security forces amount to 7,000 men. The material is older
and of Soviet origin.
Defense costs decreased in 1985–2007 from 1.8% to 1.1% of
GDP. Guinea participates with observers in the UN
peacekeeping operations in Ivory Coast (UNOCI), Sudan
(UNMIS) and Western Sahara (MINURSO). To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that GIN stands for Guinea.