Military and Transnational Issues in South Korea

Military branches
Republic of Korea Army, Navy (includes Marine Corps), Air Force (2011)
Military service age and obligation
20-30 years of age for compulsory military service, with middle school education required; conscript service obligation - 21 months (Army, Marines), 23 months (Navy), 24 months (Air Force); 18-26 years of age for voluntary military service; women, in service since 1950, admitted to 7 service branches, including infantry, but excluded from artillery, armor, anti-air, and chaplaincy corps; HIV-positive individuals are exempt from military service (2010)
Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49:
13,185,794
females age 16-49:
12,423,496 (2010 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
males age 16-49:
10,864,566
females age 16-49:
10,168,709 (2010 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
male:
365,760
female:
321,225 (2010 est.)
Military expenditures
2.7% of GDP (2006)
rank:
51
Disputes - international
Military Demarcation Line within the 4-km-wide Demilitarized Zone has separated North from South Korea since 1953; periodic incidents with North Korea in the Yellow Sea over the Northern Limit Line, which South Korea claims as a maritime boundary; South Korea and Japan claim Liancourt Rocks (Tok-do/Take-shima), occupied by South Korea since 1954
Data source 1: All Above textual data, maps and flags were extracted from The World Factbook which was prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency and made available on the following link: The World Factbook. Lebanese Economy Forum is not sponsered or affiliated, in any way, by the US Central Intelligence Agency
Data source 2: Plots and Charts are constructed using the world bank public data catalog which can be viewed by visiting the following link: World Bank Data Catalog. Lebanese Economy Forum is not sponsored or affiliated, in any way, by the worldbank

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