As of 1993, the army's strength was estimated at 13,500
personnel. The EPS is organized into six regional commands
two military departments subordinate to the general staff.
largest unit is a motorized infantry brigade of four
In addition, there are a mechanized infantry battalion and
artillery battalions. The Irregular Warfare Battalions
reduced to ten infantry companies. A Special Forces
been formed from airborne and Special Forces personnel.
these units are neither fully staffed nor adequately
The army continues to depend on Soviet weapons
during the 1980s. Most of these are out-of-date and poorly
maintained. The EPS's inventory of armor--heavy and light
APCs, and reconnaissance vehicles--remains large by
American standards. However, most of the Soviet T-55 tanks
reportedly in storage because of a lack of funds and
maintain them. The PT-76 light tanks form the primary
the mechanized infantry battalion. Only about seventy-five
and reconnaissance vehicles are operational, and some of
armored weapons have been sold to other Latin American
The army retains a considerable supply of 122mm and
towed artillery pieces and multiple rocket launchers.
its APCs are mounted with Soviet AT-3 (Sagger) antitank
missiles. The army retains numerous antitank guns and a
Soviet shoulder-fired antiaircraft missile launchers
(see Table 12, Major Items of Military Equipment, 1993).
Data as of December 1993