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China Military 2008

Military branches: People's Liberation Army (PLA): Ground Forces, Navy (includes marines and naval aviation), Air Force (includes airborne forces), and Second Artillery Corps (strategic missile force); People's Armed Police (PAP); PLA Reserve Force (2008)
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 (2007)
Manpower available for military service: males age 16-49: 375,009,345 females age 16-49: 354,314,328 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service: males age 16-49: 313,321,639 females age 16-49: 295,951,438 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually: male: 10,760,380 female: 9,710,032 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures: 4.3% of GDP (2006)

NOTE: The military information regarding China on this page is re-published from the 2008 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of China Military 2008 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about China Military 2008 should be addressed to the CIA.