Military Capabilities

Bolivian Armed Forces delay troop discharge, face post-crisis challenges

08 January 2020

On 6 January Bolivian Defence Minister Fernando Lopez announced that, due to the post-electoral crisis that Bolivia experienced last year, the discharge, or licenciamiento, of troops from the first echelon of the 2019 class will be postponed for up to two months and will conclude gradually between 17 February and 21 March.

This additional time will be used to complete training programmes in units that were set at high readiness or mobilised during the crisis, as well as in forest firefighting operations earlier in the year.

Meanwhile, recruitment for the 2020 class is under way, with the goal of enlisting 20,984 new service personnel (72% army, 14% navy, and 14% air force).

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