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Military power of Taiwan and South Korea

Country: Taiwan South Korea
Capital: Taipei Seoul
Population: 23 519 518 51 446 201
Area: 36 193 km2 100 210 km2
Nuclear weapons: 0 warheads 0 warheads
More: Taiwan military forces description South Korea military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 10,5 billion $ 36,8 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2,5% 2,7%
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Manpower

Active personnel: 290 000 625 000
Reserve personnel: 2 800 000 3 100 000
Available for military: 5 883 828 13 185 794

Land Forces

Tanks: 1 280 2 446×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 2 050 3 290
Total artillery: 1 785 5 958
Self-propelled artillery: 510 1 890
Rocket artillery: 115 214

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 787 1 526
Fighter aircraft: 125 151
Multirole aircraf: 190 265
Attack aircraft: 0 0
Helicopters: 250 786

Navy

Total naval: 67 151
Aircraftcarriers: 0 1
Destroyers: 4 12
Frigates: 20 13
Corvettes: 0 16
Submarines: 4 15

Military service

Taiwan

Males 18-36 years of age may volunteer for military service or must complete 4 months of compulsory military training (or substitute civil service in some cases); women may enlist; women in Air Force service are restricted to noncombat roles; for men born before December 1993, compulsory service (military or civil) is 1 year; for 8 years after discharge, men are subject to training recall four times for periods not to exceed 20 days.

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.