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Military power of South Korea and United Kingdom

Country: South Korea United Kingdom
Capital: Seoul London
Population: 51 446 201 65 110 000
Area: 100 210 km2 242 495 km2
Nuclear weapons: 0 warheads 215 warheads
More: South Korea military forces description United Kingdom military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 36,8 billion $ 58,6 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2,7% 2%
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Manpower

Active personnel: 625 000 156 940
Reserve personnel: 3 100 000 75 110
Available for military: 13 185 794 14 856 917

Land Forces

Tanks: 2 446 407×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 3 290 4 673
Total artillery: 5 958 532
Self-propelled artillery: 1 890 117
Rocket artillery: 214 50

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 1 526 886
Fighter aircraft: 151 141
Multirole aircraf: 265 89
Attack aircraft: 0 0
Helicopters: 786 386

Navy

Total naval: 151 76
Aircraftcarriers: 1 1
Destroyers: 12 6
Frigates: 13 13
Corvettes: 16 0
Submarines: 15 11

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.

United Kingdom

16-33 years of age (officers 17-28) for voluntary military service (with parental consent under 18); no conscription; 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; 17 years 6 months of age for voluntary military service by Nepalese citizens in the Brigade of Gurkhas; 16-34 years of age for voluntary military service by Papua New Guinean citizens.