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Aruba Military


Defence on Aruba is the responsibility of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands Military forces that protect Aruba include the Royal Netherlands Navy, the Netherlands Marine Corps and the Netherlands Coastguard. There is also a small indigenous "Arubaanse Militie" (ARUMIL) of about platoon strength. All forces are stationed at Marines Barracks Savaneta.

ARUMIL soldiers are volunteers and are led by their own NCOs and officers. The ARUMIL are trained by Royal Netherlands Marines. When basic training is completed every soldier in the ARUMIL becomes an Aruban Marine. Basic training and selection takes place on Aruba, most further training takes place in either the Netherlands or Curaçao. ARUMIL officers have to complete the regular Netherlands Marine Corps Officers training course (Praktische Opleiding Tot Officier der Mariniers, POTOM). The ARUMIL platoon works closely with the Dutch Marines company stationed at Aruba.

An increase of instability in South America, specifically Venezuela, made the Netherlands heighten the security level and increase monitoring of the Dutch island in cooperation with the United States.


Military branches :
no regular military forces; the Netherlands maintains a detachment of marines, a frigate, and an amphibious combat detachment in the neighbouring Netherlands Antilles (2010)

Manpower available for military service :
males age 16-49: 24,779
females age 16-49: 26,090 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service :
males age 16-49: 20,398
females age 16-49: 21,371 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually :
male: 738
female: 715 (2010 est.)

Military - note :
defence is the responsibility of the Kingdom of the Netherlands





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