Myanmar Armed Forces

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The Myanmar Armed Forces, officially known as Tatmadaw (Burmese: တပ်မတော်; MLCTS: tap ma. taw, IPA: [taʔmədɔ̀]) is the military organization of Burma, also known as Myanmar. The armed forces are administered by the Ministry of Defence and are composed of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. Auxiliary services include Myanmar Police Force, People Militia Units and Frontier Forces, locally known as Na Sa Kha.

In theory all service personnel are volunteers, although the government is empowered to undertake conscription if considered necessary for Myanmar's defense. In practice, it has been claimed that the Tatmadaw regularly kidnap and conscript children[2] and use civilians as forced labour and human mine-sweepers[3]. The Tatmadaw has been engaged in a bitter battle with ethnic insurgents, political dissidents and the narco-armies which it was not supporting[4] since the country gained its independence from Great Britain in 1948. The Myanmar Armed Forces continue to face challenges from aging weaponry and equipment and relying on foreign purchases of military equipment.


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