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Beijing Military

Military branches:
People's Liberation Army ( PLA ): Ground Forces, Navy (includes marines and naval aviation), Air Force (includes Airborne Forces), and II Artillery Corps (strategic missile force); People's Armed Police Force (internal security troops considered to be an adjunct to the PLA ); Militia (2003)

Military manpower - military age and obligation:
18-22 years of age for compulsory military service, with 24-month service obligation; no minimum age for voluntary service; 17 years of age for women who meet requirements for specific military jobs (2004)

Military manpower - availability:
males age 18-49: 342,956,265 (2005 est.)

Military manpower - fit for military service:
males age 18-49: 281,240,272 (2005 est.)

Military manpower - reaching military age annually:
males: 13,186,433 (2005 est.)

Military expenditures - dollar figure:
$67.49 billion (2004)

Military expenditures - percent of GDP :
4.3% (2004)





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