|Dominican Republic Army|
|Ejército de República Dominicana|
Emblem of the Dominican Army
|Founded||February 27, 1844|
|Role||Defend the Dominican Republic and serve its citizens. Support other branches and civil authorities in time of emergencies.|
|Size||28,113 personnel, 12 helicopters|
|Engagements||Dominican War of Independence|
Dominican Restoration War
U.S. occupation of the Dominican Republic
Dominican Civil War
|May. Gen. Estanislao Gonell Regalado|
|Gen. Matías Ramón Mella|
The army is twice as large as the other services, consisting of approximately 40,000 active duty personnel. It includes six infantry brigades, a combat support brigade, a combat service support brigade and the air cavalry squadron.
Stationed near Santo Domingo, the first brigade has traditionally been the most powerful of the brigades, by virtue of its location and military resources. The First Brigade had five infantry battalions and a battalion of engineers. The Second Brigade and the Third Brigade are based at Santiago and Barahona, respectively. Their assets are spread throughout the country, and their units are mainly focused on local issues. The Fourth Brigade, also called Armed Forces Training Center (CEFA) because of their extensive training mission is at San Isidro, ten kilometers east of the capital. The Fourth Brigade controls the armored battalion and three infantry battalions. The Fourth Brigade also provided basic, advanced and specialized training. Also at San Isidro is the artillery battalion of the army, which was organized as a separate staff in order. Another independent and very powerful organization is the Combat Support Command, which includes the Presidential Guard Battalion and units of the military police, health and uniforms. Since 1989, assets include fourteen armored light tanks, twenty armored vehicles, and ten armored vehicles. The artillery is equipped with twenty-two 105mm Auril howitzers.
Under Army HeadquartersEdit
- 1st Presidential Guards Regiment. BRIGADIER A. DIAZ LUCIANO TEJEDA (Santo Domingo)
- 2nd Honor Guard Regiment of the Ministry of Defence, Santo Domingo)
- 6th Mountain Rifles Battalion (Constanza)
- 1st Air Cavalry Squadron, Mayor Aníbal Vallejo Pilot Sosa, E.N. (La Isabela International Airport):
- 2 Robinson R-44
- 4 Robinson R-22
- 5 Bell OH-58C
- 3 Bell OH-58A +
Under the Operations CommandEdit
1st Infantry Brigade - CG Santo Domingo
- 1st Infantry Battalion JUAN PABLO DUARTE (Com. And all elements at Camp August 16, Santo Domingo).
- 2 Infantry Battalion Francisco del Rosario Sánchez (Com. And all elements at Camp August 16, Santo Domingo).
- 3 Infantry Battalion MATIAS RAMON MELLA (Com. And all elements at Camp Ramon Mella, San Cristobal).
- CSEC. Exploration and Recognition (Camp August 16, Santo Domingo) - equipped with soft skin vehicles, including SUVs.
- Heavy Mortars battery (Camp August 16, Santo Domingo) - equipped with four M30 4.2 inch mortars.
2nd Infantry Brigade - CG Santiago
- 5 Infantry Battalion (Com., Support Company Infantry Companies & 5, 6 & 7, all in Santiago.)
- 7 Infantry Battalion (Com, and Support Company Infantry Company 12 in San Francisco de Macorís,. Companies Infantry Cotuy 11, 13 & 14 in Nagua Samana).
- 8 Infantry Battalion (Com, and Support Company Infantry Company 8 in Puerto Plata, infantry companies Moca 9 & 10 in San José de las Matas).
- Reconnisance Platoon (Fortaleza Fernando Valerio, Santiago.) - Equipped with soft skin vehicles, including SUVs.
- Howitzer Battery (Fortaleza Fernando Valerio, Santiago.) - Equipped with four M-101 105mm howitzers.
- 6th Battalion (in reserve)
- 7th Battalion (in reserve)
- 11th battalion (reserve)
3rd Infantry Brigade - CG San Juan de la Maguana
- 12 Infantry Battalion (Com, and Support Company Infantry Company 22 at Azua).
- Fortaleza March 19, headquarters of Infantry Battalion 12 Azua
- 13 Infantry Battalion (Com, and Support Company Infantry Company 23 at San Juan de la Maguana, 24 Infantry Company in Elias Pina).
- 14 Infantry Battalion (Com and Support Company in Las Matas de Farfán,. Infantry Company 25 at Pedro Santana).
- Reconnisance Platoon - equipped with soft skin vehicles, including SUVs.
- Heavy Mortars battery - ECIA equipped with four 120 mm Mortars.
4th Infantry Brigade - CG Mao
- 9 Macheteros Infantry Battalion (Com. And all elements at Fte. November 19, Mao).
- 10 Infantry Battalion 10 (Com, and Support Company Infantry Company 16 at Dajabon, 15 Infantry Companies in Monte Cristi & Restoration 17).
- 11 Infantry Battalion (Com and Support Company in La Vega, 26 Infantry Company at Sabana Iglesia).
- Reconnisance Platoon (Source November 19, Mao.) - Equipped with soft skin vehicles, including SUVs.
- Heavy Mortars battery (Fte November 19, Mao.) - - ECIA equipped with four 120 mm mortars.
5th Infantry Brigade - CG Barahona
- 15 Infantry Battalion (Com and Support Company at Barahona,. 18 & 19 Infantry Companies at Jimani Neiba).
- 16 Infantry Battalion (Com, and Support Company Infantry Company 20 at Duvergé;. Infantry Company 21 at Pedernales).
- Exploration Platoon - equipped with soft skin vehicles, including SUVs.
- Heavy Mortars battery - ECIA equipped with four 120 mm mortars.
6th Infantry Brigade - CG San Pedro de Macoris
- 4 Infantry Battalion (Com & Support Company Infantry Company 1 at San Pedro de Macoris,. Infantry Company 2 at La Romana)
- 17 Infantry Battalion (Com & Support Company Infantry Company 4 at El Seybo;. Infantry Company 3 at Higuey)
- Exploration Platoon - equipped with soft skin vehicles, including SUVs.
- Heavy Mortars battery ECIA equipped with four 120 mm mortars.
Combat Support Brigade - CG Villa Mella, Santo Domingo
- Armored Battalion (Com and all elements at Villa Mella.):
- 1st Squadron 12 M-41 light tank.
- 2nd Squadron 8 V-150 Commando AFVs. 4 currently with 1st Presidential Guard Regiment, 2 were transferred to Counter-Terrorist Group.
- 3rd Squadron 16 M3 A1 half-tracks.
- Artillery Battalion (Com and all elements at Villa Mella.): 12 Reinosa 105mm / 26 120mm howitzers and 8 ECIA mortars
- Engineer Battalion (Com and all elements at Santo Domingo).
- Communications Battalion (Com and all elements at Santo Domingo).
Service Support Brigade - CG Santo Domingo
- Service Support Battalion (Com and all elements at Santo Domingo.):
- Quartermaster Company (Santo Domingo)
- Medical Company (Santo Domingo)
- Military Police Company (Santo Domingo)
- Materiel and Equipment Maintenance Battalion (CG in Santo Domingo); which includes the Armeros Company at San Cristobal).
- Transport Battalion (HQ and all elements at Santo Domingo).
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MILITARY STUDIES, ERD.
- Army Command and Staff College (based at San Isidro)
GENERAL MANAGEMENT TRAINING
- Military School (based at San Isidro)
- Army Training Battalion (based at Camp February 27 at Santo Domingo)
The Army operates 15 helicopters.
|Bell OH-58 Kiowa||United States||Scout helicopter||OH-58A
|One lost on 10 October 2014.|
|Robinson R22||United States||Training helicopter||R22||4|
|Robinson R44||United States||Utility helicopter||R44||2|
|Piper PA-28 Cherokee||United States||Utility aircraft||Cherokee Cruiser||2||Recently purchased 2017.|
|Cessna 206||United States||Utility aircraft||206||1||Recently purchased 2017.|
The Dominican Army Kiowas are equipped with FLIR cameras for night operations.
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Note: This equipment is also used by the other branches of the Armed Forces, and the Counter-terrorism group.
- M-29 81 mm United States (104)
- M1 81 mm United States
- M2 60 mm United States
- M-30 4.2 inch United States (4)
- ECIA 120 mm Spain (24)
- Bofors m/45 105 mm Sweden (28)
- 37 mm Gun M3; A/T guns United States (3)
- AT4 Sweden (N/A)
- M40-A1C1 106mm recoilless rifle United States
- M41 Walker Bulldog 76mm Light tank United States (10-12 / At least 6 active by 2016.)
- Giat AMX-13 75mm Light tank France (2-15/ Retired)
- V-150 Commando 4x4 AFV United States (8 / At least 4 in use by the Presidential Guard.)
- M3 Half Track APC United States (16 / At least 5 active by 2016. Armed with one M-60, one Dual 0.50 Cal. and one 0.30 machine gun)
- RM-79 APC Dominican Republic
- RM-77 APC Dominican Republic
- Reinosa howitzers 105mm/26 howitzers Spain (12)
- M-101 105 mm howitzers United States (4)
- M3 105 mm howitzers United States (N/A)
- Bofors 40 mm 40mm Anti-Aircraft gun Sweden
- Hispano Suiza HSS 804 20mm Anti-Aircraft gun Spain (in use by the air force)
- Humvee United States (90)
- URO VAMTAC 1,500 kg 4×4 Spain (60-80 total. 40-60 in 2000; 20 in 2001)
- Carolina Growler UV100DB 4×4, (2002) (rebuilt M151A2 ) UV100DB 4×4 United States (80)
- Carolina Wolverine Model 450 (4 × 4) (40 in 2002)
- Jeep J8 4x4 United States
- Nissan Patrol ML-6 4x4 Japan
- Land Rover 4×4 United Kingdom (non-tactical roles)
- Polaris ATV 6x6 United States (several dozen)
- M35 2-1/2 ton cargo truck United States (90)
- Pegaso 3055 6x6 Spain (12)
- URO VAMTAC MT 15.14, MT 18.14 and MT 18.16 Spain (80-100)
- Daihatsu Delta 4x4 trucks Japan
- 2 http://www.janes.com/articles/Janes-Military-Vehicles-and-Logistics/INVENTORY-Dominican-Republic.html
- 3 http://www.country-data.com/frd/cs/dominican_republic/do_appen.html#table8
- Ejército Nacional (EN) (in Spanish)