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Boots of the Spanish Armed Forces (Botas de Fuerzas Armadas Españolas)

The Spanish Armed Forces (Fuerzas Armadas Españolas) are the military forces of the Kingdom of Spain, which consist of the following branches:

The Army (Ejército de Tierra = "Army of the Land/Ground") is the terrestrial army of the Spanish Armed Forces responsible for land-based military operations.

It is one of the oldest active armies - dating back to the late 15th century.

The Navy (Armada Española) is the maritime branch of the Spanish Armed Forces and one of the oldest active naval forces in the world.

The Marine Infantry of the Spanish Navy (Infantería de Marina = "Naval infantry") is an elite military unit, highly specialized in amphibious warfare, and its ability to embark on a short term notice with (land, air and naval) Navy assets, makes it a unit with a high strategic value.

Infantería de Marina is responsible for conducting amphibious warfare by utilizing naval platforms and resources, being fully integrated into the structure of Spanish Navy (Armada Española).

It is the oldest Marine Corps in the world, since it was formed in 1537 by Charles I of Spain (also known as Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor). It is divided into base defense forces and landing forces. One of the three base defense battalions is stationed with each of the Navy headquarters.

The Air Force (Ejército del Aire = "Army of the Air") is the aerial branch of the Spanish Armed Forces.

The Military Emergencies Unit (UME - Unidad Militar de Emergencias) is the newest branch of the Spanish Armed Forces, created on October 7, 2005 and enacted in law by the Royal Decree 416/2006 on April 11, 2006.

UME is responsible for providing disaster relief throughout Spain mainly, and abroad if required.

The Royal Guard (Guardia Real) is an independent unit of the Spanish Armed Forces dedicated to the military protection of H.M. the King of Spain and the members of the Spanish Royal Family.

The Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil) comes under the control of the Ministry of Defence in times of a national emergency. It is the oldest law enforcement agency in Spain, organized on May 13, 1844 as a military force charged with police duties under the authority of both the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Defence.

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