The Lithuanian Armed Forces consist of 15839 active personnel. Conscription was ended in September 2008 but was reintroduced in 2015 because of concerns about the geopolitical environment in light of Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine.
Lithuania’s defence system is based on the concept of “total and unconditional defence” mandated by Lithuania’s National Security Strategy. The goal of Lithuania’s defence policy is to prepare their society for general defence and to integrate Lithuania into Western security and defence structures. The defence ministry is responsible for combat forces, search and rescue, and intelligence operations.
The 4,800 border guards fall under the Interior Ministry’s supervision and are responsible for border protection, passport and customs duties, and share responsibility with the navy for smuggling / drug trafficking interdiction. A special security department handles VIP protection and communications security.