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United Kingdom Military 2008

Military branches: Army, Royal Navy (includes Royal Marines), Royal Air Force
Military service age and obligation: 16-33 years of age (officers 17-28) for voluntary military service (with parental consent under 18); women serve in military services, but are excluded from ground combat positions and some naval postings; must be citizen of the UK, Commonwealth, or Republic of Ireland; reservists serve a minimum of 3 years, to age 45 or 55; 16 years of age for voluntary military service by Nepalese citizens in the Brigade of the Gurkhas; 16-34 years of age for voluntary military service by Papua New Guinean citizens (2008)
Manpower available for military service: males age 16-49: 14,729,500 females age 16-49: 14,125,600 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service: males age 16-49: 12,121,602 females age 16-49: 11,616,582 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually: male: 400,927 female: 383,593 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures: 2.4% of GDP (2005 est.)

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