Military of Greece

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Hellenic Armed Forces
Eλληνικές Ένοπλες Δυνάμεις
Coat of arms of Greece military variant.svg
Founded 1828
Service branches Hellenic Army Hellenic Army
Hellenic Navy Hellenic Navy
Hellenic Air Force Hellenic Air Force
Headquarters Greece Athens, Greece
President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos
Minister of National Defense Panos Kammenos
Chief of the General Staff Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis
Military age 19 years of age
Conscription 9 months for all men
Available for
military service
2,535,174 males, age 15–49 (2008 est.[3]),
2,517,273 females, age 15–49 (2008 est.[3])
Fit for
military service
2,084,469 males, age 15–49 (2008 est.[3]),
2,065,956 females, age 15–49 (2008 est.[3])
Reaching military
age annually
53,858 males (2008 est.[3]),
50,488 females (2008 est.[3])
Active personnel nominal strength: 134,000[1]
actual strength: 116,231 (2013)[2]
  • military: 108,874
  • civilian: 7,357
Budget €3.060 billion. (2013)[2]
Percent of GDP 1.68% (2013)
Domestic suppliers ELBO, EAS (EBO, Pyrkal), Miltech, KEA, EAB, Theon, Sunlight, IDE, Elfon, HDVS, Elmon, Apella, METKA, VEMEKEP, BOSA, SIELMAN, Akmon, ISI, Valpak, Thales, Prisma, SSMART, TELETEL, Barracuda, Elefsis, Neorion, GAL, Axon, Spider, Vipon, TEMMA, Grantex, Kampakas, Kouimtzis, Hellenic Shipyards, Kioleides
Foreign suppliers  Brazil
 United Kingdom
 United States
Related articles
Ranks Greek military ranks

The Hellenic Armed Forces are combined military forces of Greece. They consist of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff, the Hellenic Army, the Hellenic Navy, and the Hellenic Air Force.

The civilian authority for the Greek military is the Ministry of National Defense.

Conscription, budget, international operations

Greece currently has universal compulsory military service for males, under which all men above 18 years of age serve for 9 months. Women may serve in the Greek military, but cannot be conscripted. According to NATO, in 2008, Greece spent 2.8 percent of G.D.P. on its military, or about €6.9 billion, or around $9.3 billion. Greece is the largest importer of conventional weapons in Europe and its military spending is the highest in the European Union (relative to G.D.P).

Greece is an EU and NATO member country and participates in peacekeeping operations such as ISAF in Afghanistan, EUFOR in Bosnia and Chad, and KFOR in Kosovo.

Component forces and their organization

Hellenic National Defense General Staff

The Hellenic National Defense General Staff, carries out the operational commanding of the Joint Headquarters and the units that come under them, as well as the rest forces, when it comes to the issues of operation plans implementation and the Crises management System implementation, conduction of operations outside the national territory and participation of the Armed Forces in the confrontation of special situations during peace time.[4]

Hellenic Army

The basic components of the Hellenic Army are Arms and Corps, the first responsible for combat missions and the latter for logistical support. It is organized in Commands, formations, and units with the basic being brigade, division and corps. Its main mission is to guarantee the territorial integrity and independence of the state.[4]

Hellenic Navy

Hellenic Navy possesses a powerful fleet, consisted of strike units (Frigates, Gunboats, Submarines and Fast Attack Guided Missile Vessels) and support vessels in order to conduct naval operations that ensure the protection of Hellenic territories.[4]

Hellenic Air Force

Hellenic Air Force incorporates a modern air fleet (for combat, transportation and training), the congruent structure, as well as a modern system of air control, which cooperates with a widespread net of anti aircraft defense. The structure of its forces includes the General Staff of Air Force, the Command Post of Regular Army, the Air Support Command, the Air Training Command and a number of units and services.[4]

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