Paramilitary

A paramilitary is a military-esque force whose function and organization are similar to those of a professional military, but which is not considered part of a state's formal armed forces. Under the Law of Armed Conflict, a state may incorporate a paramilitary organization or armed agency charged with police functions into its armed forces. The other parties to a conflict have to be notified thereof.

The term paramilitary is subjective, depending on what is considered similar to a military force, and what status a force is considered to have. The nature of paramilitary forces therefore varies greatly according to the speaker and the context.

Mercenaries and Private Military Security Companies are not paramilitaries. Under international law, the training, recruiting and use of mercenary forces is prohibited.

Read more about Paramilitary:  Types of Paramilitaries

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