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Military in Trinidad & Tobago


The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) is the military organisation responsible for the defence of the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. It consists of the Regiment, the Coast Guard, the Air Guard and the Defence Force Reserves. The Commander in Chief of the Defence Force is the country's president.

The is the main ground force element of the TTDF. It has approximately 2000 men and women organised into a Regiment Headquarters (located in Chaguaramas) and four battalions. The regiment has two primary roles; maintaining the internal security of Trinidad & Tobago and the assistance of local law enforcement.

The Coast Guard is responsible for the maritime capabilities of the TTDF. It is primarily involved with the drug trade interdiction as well as search and rescue within the waters of Trinidad & Tobago and neighbouring Islands.

The Air Guard's purposes are to protect and patrol Trinidad & Tobago's airspace, and is also used for transport, search and rescue, and liaison. Its bases are at Piarco International Airport, Crown Point International Airport, and the Heliport at Chaguaramas.

The Defence Force Reserves, previously called the Volunteer Defence Force, is the non-active duty arm of the Regiment. In recent years, the Reserves have been called out to assist with law enforcement and most recently to assist with the security in Trinidad's hosting the 5th Summit of the Americas in 2009.


Military branches : Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force (TTDF): Trinidad & Tobago Regiment (Army), Coast Guard, Air Guard, Trinidad & Tobago Police Service (2010)
Military service age and obligation : 18 years of age for voluntary military service (16 years of age with parental consent); no conscription (2010)
Manpower available for military service : males age 16-49: 347,044
females age 16-49: 323,847 (2010 est.)
Manpower fit for military service

: males age 16-49: 273,361
females age 16-49: 266,535 (2010 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually : male: 8,572
female: 7,966 (2010 est.)
Military expenditures : 0.3% of GDP (2006)




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