The Austrian Armed Forces form the armed power of the Republic of Austria. Their Commander-in-Chief is the Austrian Federal President, while the Minister of Defence and Sports exercises his power of supreme command by way of his offices and subordinated commanders.
In times of peace, the Army comprises professional soldiers, further employees and conscripts. The task force organisation also includes militia soldiers. The Armed Forces are divided into the air force, landbased and special forces.
After having reached its final overhauled structure in 2010, personnel is expected to be of the following strength:
Joint Forces Command together with Joint Mission Support Command:
24,000 militia soldiers
In addition to these, employees of the Ministry of Defence and Sports, of further agencies, academies and schools contribute to a total troop strength of 55,000, including a pool of experts drawn from militia.