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The Forces

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 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.

Manning Level

After having reached its final overhauled structure in 2010, personnel is expected to be of the following strength:

14,000 soldiers
8,000 civilan employees
25,000 militia soldiers
47,000 personnel

Ministry of Defence | Rossauer Laende 1, 1090 Vienna
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