The Islamic Republic of Iran Army is the ground force of the Military of Islamic Replublicof Iran. In Iran, it is also called Artesh, which is Persian for “army.” As of 2007, the regular Iranian Army was estimated to have 650,000 personnel (220,000 conscripts and 430,000 professionals) plus around 300,000 reservists for a total of 950,000 according to the CSISConscripts serve for 18 months and have limited military training.

Iran has two parallel land forces with some integration at the command level: the regular Artesh (Army), and the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, also known as the Pasdaran (IRGC).


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