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Colombia: Operational Command, Deployment, and Equipment
Country Study > Chapter 5 > National Security > The Organization of the Armed Forces > The Army


In the late 1980s, the Colombian armed forces comprised three armed services: the National Army (Ejército Nacional), the National Navy (Armada Nacional), and the Colombian Air Force. In 1988 these military forces were made up of some 86,300 personnel, an increase of 16,100 since 1987. The General Command of the Military Forces exercised control over the three armed services. The General Directorate of the National Police (Dirección General de la Policía Nacional), although also headed by a senior military officer, was under the direct command of the Ministry of National Defense as it had been since the 1950s. Headquarters staff members were specifically denied command functions.

Data as of December 1988

Last Updated: December 1988

Editor's Note: Country Studies included here were published between 1988 and 1998. The Country study for Colombia was first published in 1988. Where available, the data has been updated through 2008. The date at the bottom of each section will indicate the time period of the data. Information on some countries may no longer be up to date. See the "Research Completed" date at the beginning of each study on the Title Page or the "Data as of" date at the end of each section of text. This information is included due to its comprehensiveness and for historical purposes.

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