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Military

Military Branches:
People’s Liberation Army (PLA): Ground Forces
Navy (includes marines and naval aviation)
Air Force (Zhongguo Renmin Jiefangjun Kongjun, PLAAF; includes Airborne Forces)
Second Artillery Corps (strategic missile force)
People’s Armed Police (PAP); PLA Reserve Force (2010)

Military Service Age and Obligation:
18-22 years of age for selective compulsory military service, with 24-month service obligation
no minimum age for voluntary service (all officers are volunteers)
18-19 years of age for women high school graduates who meet requirements for specific military jobs
in 2010, a decision was made to allow women in combat roles (2010)

Manpower Available for Military Service:
males age 16-49: 385,821,101
females age 16-49: 363,789,674 (2010 est.)

Manpower Fit for Military Service:
males age 16-49: 318,265,016
females age 16-49: 300,323,611 (2010 est.)

Manpower Reaching Militarily Significant Age Annually:
male: 10,406,544
female: 9,131,990 (2010 est.)

Military Expenditures:
4.3% of GDP (2006)
country comparison to the world: 22

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