Jul 14

We have just added a big new section to the “Just the Facts” online database of U.S. military programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. It lists all U.S. facilities that have offered training and education to personnel from the region over the past several years.

The database reveals 127 different facilities and installations that hosted trainees and from Latin America and the Caribbean since 1999. We’ve listed below the 20 that provided the most training, and the number of trainees from the region at each. To see the entire list, visit the new page.

There, you can click on each institution to find out how many students came from each country in the region. Clicking on the resulting page reveals what courses they took and what units they belonged to.

This information comes from more than 25,000 lines of data painstakingly compiled from the State and Defense Departments’ annual Foreign Military Training Reports.

Institution 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 TOTAL
Inter-American Air Forces Academy, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas 609 580 477 575 721 766 984 654 5,366
Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Fort Benning, Georgia 452 433 705 514 748 821 575 679 4,927
Coast Guard Training Center, Yorktown, Virginia 61 56 66 64 642 482 505 692 2,568
Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies 154 217 224 269 273 234 425 379 2,175
Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama 109 99 145 221 147 119 96 117 1,053
Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi 4 50 61 109 215 144 317 134 1,034
12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas 78 195 152 175 130 251 981
Defense Language Institute English Language Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas 123 121 91 67 86 87 67 88 730
Army Aviation Logistics School, Fort Eustis, Virginia 72 69 30 107 94 83 94 87 636
Security Assistance Training Field Activity, Fort Monroe, Virginia 385 85 470
Naval Post-Graduate School, Monterey, California 26 43 19 38 101 51 83 35 396
Air Force Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama 43 42 25 21 34 20 38 39 262
Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 27 40 30 28 35 9 15 34 218
Army Engineer School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri 28 19 13 22 39 12 18 24 175
Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia 28 18 8 24 28 12 12 13 143
Army Medical Department Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas 17 19 10 7 22 10 25 20 130
Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island 16 30 6 18 9 9 12 26 126
National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington DC 7 13 1 13 29 23 24 110
Army Logistics Management College, Fort Lee, Virginia 28 23 18 15 13 4 4 2 107
Army Ordnance Corps, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland 18 16 11 10 18 10 12 11 106

Many visitors to “Just the Facts” come seeking information about the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC, the successor to the U.S. Army School of the Americas).

Here, from the new “Just the Facts” WHINSEC page, is a country-by-country breakdown of WHINSEC students since 1999. Clicking on a country or a number reveals courses and students’ units.

Country 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 TOTAL
Colombia 95 80 235 105 304 323 220 214 1,576
Chile 8 2 159 31 82 128 52 11 473
Bolivia 57 23 48 57 35 78 4 47 349
El Salvador 7 7 13 39 36 77 75 94 348
Honduras 44 11 16 10 39 62 73 90 345
Peru 64 66 25 21 33 35 2 49 295
Ecuador 46 47 45 24 45 23 4 41 275
Dominican Republic 18 4 32 51 20 13 22 47 207
Paraguay 17 25 22 36 26 5 20 6 157
Costa Rica 22 23 23 41 22 5 3 3 142
Venezuela 8 12 35 29 26 7 117
Argentina 20 8 12 19 11 16 19 1 106
Mexico 26 12 18 5 29 3 6 99
Suriname 78 1 3 3 3 88
Panama 1 1 5 13 10 17 39 86
Nicaragua 12 2 10 10 21 13 11 79
Uruguay 8 21 18 15 7 1 70
Guatemala 8 1 13 10 8 20 60
Jamaica 2 16 16 34
Antigua and Barbuda 5 1 6
Belize 2 2 4
St. Kitts and Nevis 1 1 2 4
St. Lucia 1 3 4
Guyana 1 1
Trinidad and Tobago 1 1
Dominica 1 1
TOTAL 452 433 705 514 748 821 575 679 4,927

This is pretty cool, we don’t mind saying.

Many, many thanks to CIP Intern Stephanie DiBello for her hours of tireless work helping to get this extensive training database in working order.