Does the US have troops in Portugal?

Lajes Field is Portuguese Air Base (PAB) No. 4, where the 65th Air Base Wing is stationed by agreement with the Republic of Portugal. Lajes Field is the home of all U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy military forces in the Azores.

How many US troops are in Portugal?

Force Structure

There are approximately 425 U.S. military and 10 Department of Defense civilians assigned to the group. The total U.S. population, including dependents, is about 2,170. Department of Defense employs approximately 930 Portuguese civilians at Lajes Field.

What military bases are in Portugal?

Air bases

Installation Designation Location
Lisbon Base Airfield Portela, Lisbon
Rabo de Peixe Air Base Air Base No. 4 Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel Island, Azores
São Jacinto Air Base Air Base No. 7 Aveiro, Portugal
Air Base No. 5

What countries does the US have military bases in?


  • 119 base sites in Germany; 119 in Japan; 80 in South Korea; 44 in Italy.
  • Others in Aruba, Bahrain, Cuba, Djibouti, Estonia, Greece, Honduras, Ireland, Jordan, Kenya, Marshall Islands, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Spain, Tunisia, UK, US Virgins, Wake Island.

Can I join the Portuguese army?

professional soldiers

Only Portuguese citizens who are at least 18 years old can apply to join the Armed Forces, either for a contract service or a voluntary military service. Contract service lasts for an initial period from two to six years, and can be extended to a maximum of 20 years of service (Article 28).

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How powerful is the Portuguese military?

For 2021, Portugal is ranked 52 of 140 out of the countries considered for the annual GFP review. It holds a PwrIndx* score of 0.8661 (a score of 0.0000 is considered ‘perfect’).

Does the US have a base in the Azores?

The 65th Air Base Wing is the American unit stationed at Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal. This United States Air Forces in Europe unit is the largest U.S. military organization in the Azores.

Does Portugal still have national service?

Military service was mandatory for male citizens till 2004. Between 2000 and 2004, we went through a transition period, and in 2004 the regime based on conscription ended and a new one began. It is based, in peacetime, on a voluntary basis for full career or contract personnel for all citizens.

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