The aim of the Danish Armed Forces is established in an act passed by Parliament in February 2001. It defines the Armed Forces as an essential instrument for the security police, and has its aim to: prevent conflict and war, maintain Danish sovereignty and ensure the continuous existence and integrity of the country, and promote a peaceful development in the world with respect of human rights. The Defense Ministry supports the Minister in his responsibilities to the Parliament. In peace time, the Chief of Defense is the commander of all Danish military forces as well as the military advisor to the Minister, and is responsible for the organization, training and operational deployment of the Armed Forces. The total active manpower is around 24,500 people, including 570 civilians. The total land forces is around 9,150 soldiers and 2,130 conscripts.