Involvement in peace missions
(based on Small Statistical Yearbook 2008)
On the initiative of the United Nations, as well as of other international organisations, actions have been taken aimed at maintaining peace and preventing armed conflicts in the world.
Poland has been participating in peace missions and operations since 1953. Between 1953 and 2007, Polish soldiers and civilians employed by the army participated in 78 peace missions and operations, 35 of which were organised under the auspices of the United Nations. The total number of professional soldiers, compulsory military service soldiers, re-enlisted service soldiers and civilians employed by the army who participated in those missions and operations is 72.7 thousand.
In 2007, Poland participated in 7 (both continued and new) peace missions and operations.
Out of the total number of 5,245 people delegated in 2007 to participate in peace missions and operations, 4,573 were professional soldiers, 611 were compulsory service soldiers and re-enlisted soldiers, and 61 were civilians employed by the army.
Additionally, since 2003, Poland has been a part of the International Stabilization Force in Iraq. In 2003-2007, the Polish Military Contingent (9 shifts altogether) included 14,018 persons, including 11,478 professional soldiers, 2,154 compulsory service soldiers and re-enlisted service soldiers, and 368 civilians employed by the army.