The Armed Forces of Chile is composed of the Chilean Army, Navy (Armada de Chile), and Air Force (Fuerza Aerea de Chile). Constitutionally, The Armed Forces of Chile is subordinate to the President through an appointed Minister of Defense with a large degree of legal autonomy.Chile ranked as 47th of 133 countries for annual GFP review and has a power index rating of 0.798.
Furthermore, the country spends 1.87% as of 2016 of their GDP on defense programs. Currently, there are 80, 560 active military personnel and 62,000 reserve personnel in the Armed Forces of Chile. More than 25, 000 men and women serve in the Chilean Navy, 80,000-person army serve in the Chilean Army, and 11, 000 strong Chilean Air Force.
Chilean Navy is considered the fourth most capable navy in the Americas, next to Canada, Brazil and USA. It has 5,200 Marines, of the fleet of 66 surface vessels, 21 major combatant ships. Chilean Air Force’s air assets, on the other hand, are distributed among five air brigades. The Chilean Army is organized into six divisions, a special operations brigade and an air brigade. In the recent years, Chile has acquired numerous new systems with the goal of modernizing the army by 2015, which made the Chilean Army as one of the technically advanced armies in its region. Chile conducts international mission in accordance with national integrity and compliance with international treaties. It participates in Peace Operations since 1935.
Currently, Chile is present in Peace Operations such as MINUSCA (United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic), MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mission of Haiti), EUFOR (Force of the European Union) Bosnia Herzegovina, UNFICYP (United Nations Force in Cyprus), UNMOGIP (United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan), and UNTSO (Organization for the Supervision of Truce of the United Nations) Middle East.