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Country
China
USA

Population:
1 376 049 000
324 527 000

Area:
9 596 961 km2
9 857 306 km2

Capital:
Beijing
Washington


Military budget:
141 billion $
554,2 billion $

Percent of GDP:
1,5%
3,8%


Active personnel:
2 285 000
1 301 300

Reserve personnel:
510 000
811 000

Available for military:
385 821 101
73 270 043



Possession of nuclear weapons:
YES
YES

Warheads:
260
7 200



Land Forces

Tanks:
9 150
8 848

Armoured fighting vehicles:
4 788
46 000


Total artillery:
9 726
3 269

Self-propelled artillery:
1 710
950

Rocket artillery:
1 770
1 197

Air Forces

Total aircraft:
3 358
12 100


Fighter aircraft:
1 215
388

Multirole aircraf:
535
2 062

Attack aircraft:
300
470

Helicopters:
3 358
5 000

Navy

Total naval:
736
436


Aircraftcarriers:
1
20

Destroyers:
25
85

Frigates:
49
0

Corvettes:
23
0

Submarines:
69
70

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Military service

China

18-24 years of age for selective compulsory military service, with a 2-year 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; a recent military decision allows women in combat roles.

USA

18 years of age (17 years of age with parental consent) for male and female voluntary service; no conscription; maximum enlistment age 42 (Army), 27 (Air Force), 34 (Navy), 28 (Marines); service obligation 8 years, including 2-5 years active duty (Army), 2 years active (Navy), 4 years active (Air Force, Marines); DoD is eliminating prohibitions restricting women from assignments in units smaller than brigades or near combat units.