Jordan's military has: 110,700 active duty personnel, 65,000 reserve. 1,321 tanks, 4,600 armored fighting vehicles. Air fleet includes 246 aircraft, including 74 fighter planes and 24 attack helicopters. The nation of 6 million has a defense budget of 1.5 billion.
Abdullah, was schooled mainly in the West and has extensive military experience. He attended the Islamic Educational College in Amman before his education at St. Edmund's School in Hindhead, England, and later in the U.S. at Eaglebrook and Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. In 1980, he joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was commissioned into the British Army as a Second Lieutenant. Two years later, he completed a one-year course in Middle Eastern affairs at Pembroke College in Oxford and attended Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in 1987.
Abdullah became command of Jordan's special forces in 1993 and served as Major General in 1998.