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Republic of Fiji Military Forces

Republic of Fiji Military Forces
Cap badge of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces
NameRepublic of Fiji Military Forces
CaptionCap badge of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces
BranchesFiji Infantry Regiment
Fijian Navy
CommanderCommodore Frank Bainimarama
Commander TitleCommander Republic of Fiji Military Forces
Manpower Data2005 est
Manpower Age18-49
Available F212,739
Fit F178,714
Reaching F8,916
ReserveApprox 6,000
Amount$US74 Million (2006)
Percent GDP2.2%

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The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) are the military of the Pacific island nation of Fiji. With a total manpower of 3,500 active soldiers and 6,000 reservists, it is one of the smallest militaries in the world. However, most of its surrounding island nations have no militaries at all. The men in the active army are organized into six infantry and one engineer battalions, with approximately 6,000 reserves. There was formerly one "Zulu" company of counter-revolutionary specialists, which was deactivated in late 2000 due to a mutiny by some of its members.

The first two regular battalions of the Fiji Infantry Regiment are traditionally stationed overseas on peacekeeping duties; the 1st Battalion has been posted to Lebanon, Iraq, and East Timor under the command of the UN, while the 2nd Battalion is stationed in Sinai with the MFO. Peacekeepers income represents an important source of income for Fiji. The 3rd Battalion is stationed in the capital, Suva, and the remaining three are spread throughout the islands.

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