Military of Chile

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Armed Forces of Chile
Fuerzas Armadas de Chile
Coat of arms of Chile.svg
Coat of arms of Chile
Service branchesCoat of arms of the Chilean Army.svg Chilean Army
Coat of arms of the Chilean Navy.svg Chilean Navy
Coat of arms of the Chilean Air Force.svg Chilean Air Force
Commander-in-chiefSebastián Piñera
Minister of DefenseAlberto Espina
Chief of the Joint Chiefs of StaffVice Admiral Rodrigo Álvarez Aguirre
Military age18
Available for
military service
3,815,761, age 15–49
Fit for
military service
3,123,281, age 15–49
Reaching military
age annually
Active personnel77,200[1]
Reserve personnel40,000[1]
BudgetUS$4.25 billion (2018)[1]
Percent of GDP1.4% (2018)[1]
Domestic suppliersFAMAE
Detroit Chile
Foreign suppliers Australia
 United Kingdom
 United States
Related articles
RanksArmy ranks
Air Force ranks
Navy ranks

The Military of Chile (Spanish: Fuerzas Armadas de Chile) is the unified military organization comprising the Chilean Army, Air Force and Navy. The President of Chile is the commander in chief of the military, and formulates policy through the Minister of Defence. In recent years and after several major reequipment programs, the Chilean Armed Forces have become one of the most technologically advanced and professional armed forces in Latin America.[2] The Chilean Army is mostly supplied with equipment from Germany, the United States, Israel, France, and Spain.



The current commander-in-chief of the Chilean Army is General de Ejército Sr. Ricardo Martínez Menanteau. The 46,350-person army is organized under six military administrative regions and six divisional headquarters.[1] The forces include one special forces brigade, four armoured brigades, one armoured detachment, three motorized brigades, two motorized detachments, four mountain detachments and one aviation brigade.[1] The army operates German Leopard 1 and 2 tanks as its main battle tanks, including 131 Leopard 2A4 and 115 Leopard 1.[1] The army has approximately 40,000 reservists.[1]


Admiral Julio Leiva Molina directs the 19,800-person Chilean Navy, including 3,600 Marines.[3] Of the fleet of 66 surface vessels, eight are major combatant ships and they are based in Valparaíso. The navy operates its own aircraft for transport and patrol; there are no fighters or bomber aircraft but they have attack helicopters. The Navy also operates four submarines based in Talcahuano.

Air Force[edit]

General Arturo Merino Nuñez heads 11,050-strong[4] Chilean Air Force. Air assets are distributed among five air brigades headquartered in Iquique, Antofagasta, Santiago, Puerto Montt, and Punta Arenas. The Air Force also operates an airbase on King George Island, Antarctica.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h IISS 2019, p. 404.
  2. ^ Bawden, John R (2016). 'The Pinochet Generation: The Chilean Military in the Twentieth Century'. University of Alabama. pp. 218–219. ISBN 978-0-8173-1928-1.
  3. ^ IISS 2019, pp. 405–406.
  4. ^ IISS 2019, p. 406.


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