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Norwegian Armed Forces
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Service branches Army
Navy (Coast Guard)
Air Force
Home Guard
Commander-in-Chief King Harald V
Minister of Defense Grete Faremo
Chief of staff General Harald Sunde
Military age 18-44 years of age for male compulsory military service; 16 years of age in wartime; 17 years of age for male volunteers; 18 years of age for women
Conscription 12-month service obligation, in practice shortened to 8 to 9 months (2009)
Available for
military service
1,078,181 males, age 16-49 (2008 est.),
1,046,550 females, age 16-49 (2008 est.)
Fit for
military service
888,219 males, age 16-49 (2008 est.),
863,255 females, age 16-49 (2008 est.)
Reaching military
age annually
31,980 males (2008 est.),
30,543 females (2008 est.)
Active personnel 26,200 [1]
Percent of GDP 1.9% of GDP (2005 est.)
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The Norwegian Armed Forces (Norwegian: Forsvaret) numbers about 23,000 personnel, including civilian employees.[1] According to current (as of 2009) mobilisation plans, the strength during full mobilisation is approximately 83,000 combatant personnel.[1] Norway has mandatory military service for males (6–12 months of training) and voluntary service for females.

The Armed Forces are subordinate to the Norwegian Ministry of Defence. The Commander-in-Chief is H.M. King Harald V.

Under the Constitution, the Minister of Defence is accountable to Parliament for all activities carried out by the agencies under his/her responsibility. This means that the Ministry, as part of the executive branch of government, is responsible for supervising the activity of its subordinate agencies.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is from 2003 an integrated structure with civilian and military personnel. Subordinate to the MoD are the "Armed Forces Military Organisation" as well as the three civilian agencies: the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), the National Security Agency and the Defence Estate Agency.

The main annual national exercise is Cold Response, held yearly, with all NATO member states invited.



The Chief of Defence(a four star general or admiral) heads the armed forces, and is the principal military adviser to the Minister of Defence.

Military branches (in order of seniority):

Other main structures, include:

  • Special forces
  • Defence Staff Norway (DEFSTNOR) in Oslo acts as the staff of the Chief of Defence. It is headed by a three star general or admiral. DEFSTNOR assigns priorities, manages resources, provides force generation and support activities. Each of the four branches of defence is headed by a two star general/admiral who are subordinate to DEFSTNOR.
  • National Joint Headquarters (NJHQ) in Mount Jåttå close to Stavanger has operational control of Norwegian armed forces worldwide 24/7. It is headed by the Supreme Commander Norwegian Forces - a three star general or admiral. Subordinate to NJHQ is the Regional Headquarters North in Bodø. Located with NJHQ is NATOs Joint Warfare Centre (JWC).
  • Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) at Kolsås outside Oslo is responsible for engineering, procurement, investment, supply, information and communications technology. It is also responsible for maintenance, repair and storage of material.




Norwegian Army

Royal Norwegian Navy

Royal Norwegian Air Force

Small arms and handguns


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