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The armed forces of Greece consist of the

  • Hellenic Army
  • Hellenic Navy
  • Hellenic Air Force
  • Hellenic Coast Guard

The civilian authority for the Greek military is the Ministry of National Defence.

Greece currently has universal compulsory military service for males; however, this system is likely to be changed soon. See Conscription in Greece for more information.

Women may serve in the Greek military, but cannot be conscripted.

Component forces and their organizaton

The Greek military is overseen by the Greek National Defense General Staff — Γενικό Επιτελείο Εθνικής Άμυνας.

Hellenic Army — Ελληνικός Στρατός

  • Hellenic Army General Staff — Γενικό Επιτελείο Στρατού (ΓΕΣ)
  • Strength
    • Active Duty : 109,266
    • Mobilization Strength: 365,000

For more information see the main article on the Hellenic Army.

Hellenic Navy — Ελληνικό Πολεμικό Ναυτικό

  • Hellenic Admiralty — Γενικό Επιτελείο Ναυτικού (ΓΕΝ)
    • Chief of Naval Operations — Αρχηγός Γενικού Επιτελείου Ναύτικου (Α/ΓΕΝ)
    • Admiralty Board — Ανώτατο Ναυτικό Συμβούλιο (ΑΝΣ)
    • Deputy Chief of Naval Operations — Υπαρχηγός ΓΕΝ (Υ/ΓΕΝ)

For more information, see the main article on the Hellenic Navy.

Hellenic Air Force — Ελληνική Πολεμική Αεροπορία

  • Hellenic Air Force General Staff — Γενικό Επιτελείο Αεροπορίας (ΓΕΑ)

For more information, see the main article on the Hellenic Air Force.

Hellenic Coast Guard — Ελληνικό Λιμενικό Σώμα

Administered by the Ministry of Mercantile Marine (Υπουργείο Εμπορικής Ναυτιλίας)

For more information, see the article Hellenic Coast Guard.

References and links

Related articles

Conscription in Greece


Hellenic Republic Ministry of National Defense

List of Greek military bases


Military history of Greece

Military history of Greece during World War II

401 Γενικό Νοσοκομίο Στρατού - 401 General Army Hospital

251 Γενικό Νοσοκομίο Αεροπορίας - 251 General Hospital of Hellenic Airforce

Military of Greece
Military manpower
Military age 18 years of age
Availability males age 15-49: 2,668,872 (2002 est.)
Fit for military service males age 15-49: 2,034,192 (2002 est.)
Reaching military age annually males: 7,976 (2002 est.)
Military expenditures
Amount $6.12 billion (FY99/00 est.)
Percent of GDP 4.91% (FY99/00 est.)


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