Trinidad and Tobago Military - 2023


Military and security forces

Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force (TTDF): Army/Land Forces (Trinidad and Tobago Regiment), Coast Guard, Air Guard, Defense Force Reserves; Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) (2023)

note: the Ministry of National Security oversees defense, immigration, and the police

Military expenditures

1.1% of GDP (2022 est.)

1% of GDP (2021 est.)

1% of GDP (2020 est.)

1% of GDP (2019 est.)

1% of GDP (2018 est.)

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Military and security service personnel strengths

approximately 4,500 TTDF personnel (2022)

Military equipment inventories and acquisitions

the TTDF's ground force inventory includes only light weapons, while the Coast Guard and Air Guard field mostly secondhand equipment from a mix of countries, including Australia, China, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US (2022)

Military service age and obligation

18-25 years of age for voluntary military service for men and women (some age variations between services, reserves); no conscription (2022)

note: as of 2017, women comprised about 14% of the active duty military

Military - note

the Police Service maintains internal security; the TTDF's primary responsibilities are conducting border and maritime security, assisting civil authorities in times of crisis or disaster, providing search and rescue services, and supporting law enforcement, particularly in countering gang-related crime and trafficking of narcotics and other illicit goods; the Coast Guard is responsible for maritime border security in places with no official ports of entry (2023)

NOTE: The information regarding Trinidad and Tobago on this page is re-published from the 2023 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Trinidad and Tobago 2023 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Trinidad and Tobago 2023 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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