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Military power of USA and China

Country: USA China
Capital: Washington Beijing
Population: 324 527 000 1 373 541 278
Area: 9 857 306 km2 9 596 961 km2
Nuclear weapons: 7 200 warheads 260 warheads
More: USA military forces description China military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 554,2 billion $ 215 billion $
Percent of GDP: 3,8% 1,9%
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Manpower

Active personnel: 1 301 300 2 300 000
Reserve personnel: 811 000 510 000
Available for military: 73 270 043 385 821 101

Land Forces

Tanks: 8 848 9 150×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 46 000 4 788
Total artillery: 3 269 9 726
Self-propelled artillery: 950 1 710
Rocket artillery: 1 197 1 770

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 12 100 3 729
Fighter aircraft: 388 1 199
Multirole aircraf: 2 062 567
Attack aircraft: 470 300
Helicopters: 5 000 1 627

Navy

Total naval: 436 749
Aircraftcarriers: 20 1
Destroyers: 85 32
Frigates: 0 51
Corvettes: 0 32
Submarines: 70 73

Military service

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.

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.