From the intro.:
The chapter examines the role of the military in the dynamics of change in Latin America. The military is defined collectively as the regular armies, navies, and air forces and, occasionally, the gendarmeries of the several nation states, since the regional caudillo as military leader and regional and local forces as military organizations have largely disappeared.1
The armed forces are discussed from three points of view: (1) as organizations performing their primary military functions; (2) as agencies responsible for a wide variety of public services; and (3) as a political group or political groups.