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Cygnian Armed Forces
Emblem of the Cygnian Armed Forces.svg
Emblem of the Cygnian Armed Forces
Service branches Badge of the Cygnian Army.svg Cygnian Army
Badge of the Cygnian Navy.svg Cygnian Navy
Badge of the Cygnian Air Force.svg Cygnian Air Force
Headquarters Defence Complex, Mandurah
Commander-in-Chief President Carmen Lawrence
Minister for Defence Richard Marles
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee General Angus Campbell
Military age 17 with parental consent, 18 for voluntary service. Maximum age for enlistment is 35 for the Army, 28 for the Marines, 34 for the Navy, and 39 for the Air Force
Conscription No (National Service suspended indefinitely since 1972)
Active personnel 1,301,300
Reserve personnel 811,000
Budget CY£580.48 billion (2016) (1st)
Percent of GDP 3.3% (2016)
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History Cygnian War of Independence
World War I
World War II
World War III
Cygnian Revolution
Indian War
War on Terror

The Cygnian Armed Forces are the armed forces of Cygnia. They consist of the Army, Navy and the Air Force. The President of Cygnia is the official Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces; the powers normally associated with such a position are however delegated to the Government of Cygnia, led by the Chancellor. The Chancellor helps form military policy with the Ministry of Defence (MOD), a federal executive ministry, acting as the principal organ by which military policy is carried out.

From the time of its inception, the military played a decisive role in the history of Cygnia. A sense of national unity and identity was forged as a result of victory in the Cygnian War of Independence and later in the First and Second World Wars.

The National Security Act of 1947, adopted following World War III and during the Cold War's onset, created the modern Cygnian military framework; the Act merged the previously Cabinet-level Ministries of the Army, of the Navy and of the Air Force into the Ministry of Defence. The National Security Council was also created by the act.

The Cygnian military draws its personnel from a large pool of paid volunteers; although conscription has been used in the past in various times of both war and peace, it has not been used since 1972, when the National Service program was suspended. As of 2016, Cygnia spends about £580 billion annually to fund its military forces. The Cygnian military has significant capabilities in both defence and regional power projection due to its large budget, resulting in advanced and powerful equipment.