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    Panama military 2000

      Military branches: an amendment to the Constitution abolished the armed forces, but there are security forces (Panamanian Public Forces or PPF includes the National Police, National Maritime Service, and National Air Service)

      Military manpower - availability:
      males age 15-49: 761,568 (2000 est.)

      Military manpower - fit for military service:
      males age 15-49: 521,487 (2000 est.)

      Military expenditures - dollar figure: $132 million (FY97)

      Military expenditures - percent of GDP: 1.6% (FY97)

      Military - note: on 10 February 1990, the government of then President ENDARA abolished Panama's military and reformed the security apparatus by creating the Panamanian Public Forces; in October 1994, Panama's Legislative Assembly approved a constitutional amendment prohibiting the creation of a standing military force, but allowing the temporary establishment of special police units to counter acts of "external aggression"

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