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Portuguese Army

The Portuguese Army is the land component of the Armed Forces of Portugal and is its largest branch. It is charged with the defence in co-operation with other branches of the Armed Forces. With its origins going back to the 12th century, it can be considered as one of the oldest armies in the world; the Portuguese Army is commanded by the Chief of Staff of the Army, a subordinate of the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces for the operational matters and a direct subordinate of the Ministry of National Defense for all other matters. The CEME is the only officer in the Army with the rank of General. Presently, the Portuguese Army is an professional force made of career personnel and of volunteer personnel; until the early 1990s, conscripts constituted the bulk of the Army personnel, with a cadre of career officers and NCOs responsible for their training. Conscription was however reduced since the middle 1990s, until being formally abolished in 2004; as 2014, the Portuguese Army employed 5,667 career personnel and 10,444 volunteers, this representing a total of 16,111 military personnel.

Of the total military personnel, 2,669 were officers, 3,917 were NCOs and 9,595 were other ranks. Further, the Army included 1,897 civilian employees; the national deployed forces are units or teams deployed by the Portuguese Armed Forces in foreign missions in the scope of NATO, the United Nations or the European Union. The Portuguese Army maintains forces or elements deployed in the following international missions: Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan UNAMA in Afghanistan KFOR in Kosovo MINUSMA in Mali Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq EUTM-Somalia in Uganda MINUSCA in the Central African Republic The technical-military cooperation are the military missions permanently maintained by Portugal in several members of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries to train and support their national armed forces; the Portuguese Army maintains elements deployed in the following CTM missions: CTM Angola CTM Cape Verde CTM Guinea-Bissau CTM Mozambique CTM São Tomé and Príncipe CTM Timor-Leste The Portuguese Army has a long history, directly connected to the history of Portugal since its early beginnings.

The Portuguese Army has its remote origins in the military forces of the County of Portugal that allowed its ruler, Afonso Henriques, to obtain its independence from the Kingdom of León and to enlarge its territory in the 12th century. The victory of the Portuguese forces in the battle of São Mamede, on 24 June 1128, is considered the seminal event for the foundation of the independent Portugal, leading to Afonso Henriques to style himself as Prince; the Portuguese forces were involved in the Reconquista, successively advancing south to reconquer territories occupied by the Moors and expand the territory of Portugal. On 25 July 1139, the Portuguese troops obtain a spectacular victory over five Moorish kings in the Battle of Ourique, after its end proclaiming Afonso Henriques as King of the Portuguese. Under the Treaty of Zamora, signed on 5 October 1143, Portugal was recognized as an independent Kingdom. In 1147, an important step in the Reconquista is done, with the conquest of the city of Lisbon to the moors.

The Portuguese part of the Reconquista would came to an end in 1249, with the complete recapture of the Algarve. The Portuguese ground forces of that time were formed by military contingents provided by the landlords, called the mesnadas. To these were added the knights of the military orders and the knights of the border towns; these contingents were collectively referred as the Hoste, under the supreme command of the Monarch, but who delegated his command in the Alferes-Mor. These forces included bands of irregular riders of some warlords, which attacked the moor fortresses by surprise taken advante of the night or of the bad weather. For certain military campaigns, like the siege of Lisbon, the Portuguese forces were reinforced by Crusaders from the Northern Europe, who happened to be passing by the Portuguese coasts, on their way to the Holy Land. With the resettling of the territories conquered to the Moors and the establishment of new towns and municipalities, these increased their contribution of municipal contingents of horse and foot troops.

The municipal military service was regulated, with the establishment of a defensive service, an offensive service and the possibility of the replacement of the presential military service by the payment of special taxes. In the 14th century, the Portuguese troops defeated Castilian invaders, obtaining a definitive victory in the Battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. With the independence guaranteed, Portugal began its worldwide overseas expansion, starting by the conquest of Ceuta in North Africa in 1415. Organization of the Portuguese military developed during the Middle Ages, leading to a more complex structure and the consequent creation of new command offices. Thus, in 1383, the office of Constable of Portugal was created, replacing the Alferes-Mor as the head of the military; the Constable was assisted by the Marshal of Portugal. Other Portuguese important military offices that existed were those of fronteiro-mor, of Coudel-Mor and of Anadel-

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