Armed Forces: Royal Nepal Army, of about 35,000
volunteers. Enlistment for initial period of ten years;
Gurkhas for three years. Primary mission to back up local
and maintain security in Kathmandu Valley--the seat of
No personnel mobilization plan in event of war or declared
emergency; no contingency plan to draft during or in
Military Units and Equipment: Fourteen infantry
in Royal Nepal Army; one air wing in Royal Nepal Army Air
Shortages of virtually all categories of weapons and
Obsolete weapons in inventory.
Military Budget: In 1989 US$33 million, or
1.2 percent of GNP and 6.2 percent of total central
Foreign Military Relation: Royal Nepal Army
serve in United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon; Gurkhas
serve in British Brigade of Gurkhas, in Hong Kong, India,
Singapore, and Brunei.
Police Force: Nepalese Police Force of 28,000
under central administration of Ministry of Home Affairs.
by king and advisers with little or nor public
Data as of September 1991