Armed Forces - Army
During World War II Argentina fielded the largest and most powerful armed forces in all of the Latin America. Military service was compulsory for all males capable of bearing arms and between the ages from 20 to 45 years old (one year of which was in the active service and 24 years in the reserve). The country's President was the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. The army was under the jurisdiction of the Minister of War. In 1938 the army numbered 47 467 personnel, organized into five divisions of the military districts. Aside from these five divisions, there were also two cadre regiments of mountain infantry, three cavalry brigades, and several independent and service detachments. The training was generally modelled on that of the German army. During the course of WWII, six military districts were formed and one additional army division was established; a process of mechanization and motorization was also initiated to improve the army's mobility.