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Military power of South Korea and North Korea

Country: South Korea North Korea
Capital: Seoul Pyongyang
Population: 51 446 201 24 895 000
Area: 100 210 km2 120 540 km2
Nuclear weapons: 0 warheads <10 warheads
More: South Korea military forces description North Korea military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 36,8 billion $ 15 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2,7% 20,8%
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Manpower

Active personnel: 625 000 1 190 000
Reserve personnel: 3 100 000 600 000
Available for military: 13 185 794 6 515 279

Land Forces

Tanks: 2 446 6 000×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 3 290 4 000
Total artillery: 5 958 13 000
Self-propelled artillery: 1 890 4 500
Rocket artillery: 214 5 000

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 1 526 906
Fighter aircraft: 151 349
Multirole aircraf: 265 35
Attack aircraft: 0 154
Helicopters: 786 202

Navy

Total naval: 151 525
Aircraftcarriers: 1 0
Destroyers: 12 0
Frigates: 13 6
Corvettes: 16 6
Submarines: 15 75

Military service

South Korea

20-30 years of age for compulsory military service, with middle school education required; minimum 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.

North Korea

18 is presumed to be the legal minimum age for compulsory military service; 16-17 is the presumed legal minimum age for voluntary service.