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Sudan Human Security Baseline Assessment. 2012 ‘Estimated Force Strengths and Arms Holdings among South Sudanese Forces.’ Reaching for the Gun: Arms Flows and Holdings in South Sudan; Sudan Issue Brief Number 19 (Table 1), p. 4. Geneva: Small Arms Survey. 1 April
Table 1: Estimated Force Strengths and Arms Holdings among South Sudanese Forces
Category: Strength - Estimated small arms holdings - Notes
SPLA: 210,000 - 250,000 - Includes some 177,000 soldiers at independence as well as newly integrated JIUs and former rebel forces
SSPS: 50,000 - 50,000 - Only 31,000 firearms registered with SSPS
Prison Service: 22,000 - 6,000 - Received 4,000 AKM rifles
Wildlife Service: 14,000 - 9,000 - Received 4,000 AKM rifles
Fire Brigade: 4,000 - 2,000 - Received 2,000 AKM rifles
Customs: Unconfirmed - 200 - Received 200 AKM rifles
Totals: 300,000 - 317,200
Note: Force strength and weapon holding estimates are based on fieldwork and key informant interviews conducted by the Small Arms Survey November 2011–February 2012.
52) There were approximately 177,000 soldiers at the time of independence. Another 25,000 Joint Integrated Units (JIUs) and a few thousand rebels have since integrated.
[SPLA = Sudan People's Liberation Army; SSPS = South Sudan Police Service]