National Armed Forces Of The Bolivarian Republic Of Venezuela
|National Bolivarian Armed Forces
Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana
|Service branches|| National Army
|Commander-in-Chief||President Hugo Chávez|
|Minister of Defense||Henry Rangel Silva|
|Commander of Operational Strategic Command||Wilmer Omar Barrientos Fernández|
|Conscription||18-30 years of age
30 month term
|Active personnel||113,558 (2012)|
|Budget||$4,508 billion (2012)|
|Percent of GDP||6.5% (2012)
1.1% (2010 est.)
|Foreign suppliers|| Russia
|History||Venezuelan War of Independence|
|Ranks||Venezuelan military ranks|
The main roles of the National Armed Forces of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana, FANB) are to defend the sovereign national territory of Venezuela, fight against drug trafficking, to provide search and rescue capabilities and in case of natural disasters protection and aid to the civilian population.
The Venezuelan National Armed Forces are denominated "Forjador de Libertades" or "Forger of Freedoms". This refers to the Venezuelan armies fighting in Venezuela's independence war, as well as the independence wars of five other countries, namely Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Panamá (then part of New Granada, present day Colombia) and Bolivia.
Currently, the national armed force of Venezuela is a conscript force. It does not have nuclear, chemical or biological warfare capability. It has established a number of partnerships with other regional militaries.
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