Brazil is the largest nation in South America and some of the largest nations in the whole world. As of today, they are some of the most powerful nations in the whole world and their militaristic might in all the Americas is comparable to only the United States of America. Even though the nation of Brazil is not involved in almost any ongoing conflicts with any other nations and does not face a serious threat from any of its immediate neighbors, Brazil’s expenditure in the army has been quite extensive. Brazil’s Army has recently occupied themselves in efforts to help in the betterment of their own nation. Brazilian army runs many programs that engages them in activities at school, in construction and any other place that requires their expertize. Unlike most other nations, Brazilian laws have permitted the army to intervene in certain matters of internal conflict and are often used in civil matters.
Brazilian Armed Forces in its entirety is categorized in three distinct divisions, Brazilian army, the navy and the Air forces. Their Navy accommodates the Marine Corps that are their most elite task force. All of Brazilian armed forces are some of the best equipped and are also quite strong in their numbers. Apart from the regular serving army, navy and the air force, there are several other serving squads and special forces that are not a part of the regular forces, but are of equal importance such as the Secret Service and the anti-Narcotics force that has been battling the drug cartels and smuggling circles for a very long time.
Brazilian armed force is under the direct control of the President and his agency presides over any occurrences that concern the internal conflicts in the country. Brazilian Army is one of those which quote some rare few instances in which, all the three divisions of the army are controlled under a singular administrative force, like India. Brazilian Ministry of defense regulates the actions of all three divisions of the armed forces with the commanders reporting regularly to the ministry.
Brazilian Army has been heavily engaged in the United Nations peace keeping forces and has executed several operations across many nations in cooperation with the UN. They have provided a great degree of help in areas which have been struck with disasters or generally impoverished areas where external help has been required. Brazilian army has also been of immense help in the neighboring regions such as the Amazon and all of its neighbouring nations in any kinds of incidences where there services might be required.
To promote and encourage the power of military in Brazil and also demonstrate the defence capabilities, there are some annual parades and quarterly held functions in which the people are given a one on one ammunition check. Yes, sometimes they even allow the tourists and the civilians to operate with firearms in supervised armouries. So a visit to the armoury to check it all out surely does make an entry to the top things to do in Brazil. Be advised, Brazil is fun, but indeed a powerful and strong country.