The Lithuanian Armed Forces is the military of Lithuania. It consists of five branches, and its commander-in-chief is the Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda.
There are 15,000 active personnel (2,400 of them - civilian) and there is 100,000 in reserve forces. Conscription ended in Lithuania in September 2008, but since May 2015 it has started the practice again. Lithuania's defence system is based on the concept of "total and unconditional defence" mandated by Lithuania's national Security Strategy. The goal of Lithuania's defence policy is to prepare their society for general defence and to integrate Lithuania into Western security and defence structures. The defence ministry is responsible for combat forces, search and rescue, and intelligence operations.
Branches[edit | edit source]
- Lithuanian Land Force
- Lithuanian Naval Force
- Lithuanian Air Force
- Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Forces
- Lithuanian Special Operations Force
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