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Danish Armed Forces
Danish Armed Forces
Copenhagen, Denmark

Danish Armed Forces

The Armed Forces 

The mission of the Armed Forces is:

  • to prevent conflicts and war;
  • to assert Denmark's sovereignty and to ensure its continued existence and integrity;
  • and to promote a peaceful development in the world, with respect for human rights.

The tasks of the Armed Forces range from: Participation in international operations all over the world, to survey and protect Danish territory and territorial Waters, and to support the society with a number of vital tasks. These include surveillance of Denmark's air space and territorial waters, environmental surveillance, Pollution Prevention, fisheries inspection, Search & Rescue operations, Support to the Police Authorities and to the Emergency Management Agency.
Our Core Values are:  Credibility, Transparency, Trust, Independence and Responsibility.

Besides the Arctic Command, The Royal Danish Air Force, and The Royal Danish Navy, this organisation includes the following sections;

The Royal Defence College 

The Defence College is the Danish Armed Forces' joint centre for military studies and educations. Its contribution to defence operations is carried out by enhancement of the Armed Forces capabilities through education, research, and advisory support services.

The activities are predominantly focused on the Armed Forces. However, individual courses are also offered to civilians from outside the Forces.

The Defence College activities centers on the core military subjects i.e. Strategy and Military Operations, national and international Security & Defence policy, leadership excellence and military history.

The Army 

The Army consist of an Army Staff, located in Karup: approximately 90 staff personnel.

The total strength of the Army is approximately 8,400 troops, excluding the approximately 4,100 conscripts undergoing basic training.
The Army is commanded by the Army Staff, Defence Command Denmark, located at Karup Air Base. They have several operational and supporting units, suchs as the Royal Life Guards, the Guard Hussar Regiment, the Army Intelligence Centre and Army Non-Commissioned Officers School, and the Army Combat and Fire Support Centre.

Defence Command Denmark 

Defence Command Denmark is the military command authority of the Armed Forces. Together with the four other authorities under the Minister of Defence, i.e. for Material & Equipment, for Buildings & Facilities and for Finance, it forms the Danish Defence with its approximately 20.000 men and women.

Defence Command Denmark is commanded by the Chief of Defence with his Deputy Chief of Defence. The Chief of Defence is responsible for the command and control of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.