Could you imagine your country without military security? Probably not. This, however, is the case for several countries that do not have their own military forces. This is Part 2 of 2 of the list.


Since the US invasion of Grenada in 1983, the country no longer maintained its own military forces. The island, a state located in the northern part of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, has its own police force called the Royal Grenada Police Force. They also act as Grenada’s coast guards whenever needed.


View of Reykjavik from Perlan, Capital Region, Iceland.
View of Reykjavik from Perlan, Capital Region, Iceland. (Diego DelsoCC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

When Iceland became a founding member of NATO in 1949, it became the sole member that did not have its own standing army, with the condition that they would not be expected to establish one. The country’s strategic geographic position in the Atlantic made Iceland an important member, so NATO agreed. NATO instead became responsible for Iceland’s defenses. The country, however, has its own coast guard that does almost all of the military missions that need to be fulfilled, as well as maintaining Keflavik as a military installation.


Kiribati is located in the western Pacific Ocean with its 109,000 inhabitants. Previously called The Gilbert Island, the state had been independent since 1979. Its military relies on both Australia and New Zealand because the constitution forbade them to establish one for their own. Even so, they still have their Kiribati Police Service, which is responsible for law enforcement and paramilitary duties.