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Vietnam Defense Overview

Emblem of the People's Army of Vietnam

Quân đội Nhân dân Việt Nam
(People's Army of Vietnam)

Date Founded: December 22, 1944

Minimum Age Required to Serve: 18

Conscription: 24 months for male citizens ages 18–25 (18–27 for those who attend colleges or universities)

Service Branches

The People's Army of Vietnam has five primary branches: ground force, air force, navy, border guard, and coast guard.


Coat of Arms of the Ground Force of the People's Army of Vietnam
Lục quân Nhân dân Việt Nam
(Vietnam People's Ground Force)

Leadership: Commander of the Ground Force, Chief of General Staff, Minister of Defense, Commander in Chief (President), Secretary of the Central Military Commission

The Ground Force is the land-based branch of the People's Army of Vietnam.


Coat of Arms of the Air Defense - Air Force of the People's Army of Vietnam
Quân chủng Phòng không - Không quân
(Air Defense - Air Force)

Leadership: Commander of the Air Defense - Air Force, Chief of General Staff, Minister of Defense, Commander in Chief (President), Secretary of the Central Military Commission

The Air Defense - Air Force is the aviation branch of the People's Army of Vietnam.


Coat of Arms of the Vietnam People's Navy
Hải quân Nhân dân Việt Nam
(Vietnam People's N
avy)

Leadership: Commander of the Navy, Chief of General Staff, Minister of Defense, Commander in Chief (President), Secretary of the Central Military Commission

The Vietnam People's Navy is the maritime branch of the country's armed forces.


Coat of Arms of the Vietnam Border Guard
Bộ đội Biên phòng Việt Nam
(Vietnam Border Guard)

Leadership: Commander of the Border Guard, Chief of General Staff, Minister of Defense, Commander in Chief (President), Secretary of the Central Military Commission

The Vietnam Border Guard is the branch of military responsible for protecting the country's boundaries. 


Coat of Arms of the Vietnam Coast Guard
Cảnh sát biển Việt Nam
(Vietnam Coast Guard)

Leadership: Commander of the Coast Guard, Chief of General Staff, Minister of Defense, Commander in Chief (President), Secretary of the Central Military Commission

The Vietnam Coast Guard is the maritime branch responsible for maintaining security in the country's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf boundary. 

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