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Laos Military 2008

Military branches: Lao People's Armed Forces (LPAF): Lao People's Army (LPA; includes Riverine Force), Air Force (2008)
Military service age and obligation: 15 years of age for compulsory military service; minimum 18-month conscript service obligation (2006)
Manpower available for military service: males age 16-49: 1,549,774 females age 16-49: 1,570,702 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service: males age 16-49: 993,162 females age 16-49: 1,052,053 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually: male: 73,973 female: 72,758 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures: 0.5% of GDP (2006)
Military - note: serving one of the world's least developed countries, the Lao People's Armed Forces (LPAF) is small, poorly funded, and ineffectively resourced; its mission focus is border and internal security, primarily in countering ethnic Hmong insurgent groups; together with the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and the government, the Lao People's Army (LPA) is the third pillar of state machinery, and as such is expected to suppress political and civil unrest and similar national emergencies, but the LPA also has upgraded skills to respond to avian influenza outbreaks; there is no perceived external threat to the state and the LPA maintains strong ties with the neighboring Vietnamese military (2008)

NOTE: The military information regarding Laos 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 Laos Military 2008 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Laos Military 2008 should be addressed to the CIA.