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Military power of USA and United Kingdom

Country: USA United Kingdom
Capital: Washington London
Population: 324 527 000 65 110 000
Area: 9 857 306 km2 242 495 km2
Nuclear weapons: 7 200 warheads 215 warheads
More: USA military forces description United Kingdom military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 554,2 billion $ 58,6 billion $
Percent of GDP: 3,8% 2%
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Manpower

Active personnel: 1 301 300 156 940
Reserve personnel: 811 000 75 110
Available for military: 73 270 043 14 856 917

Land Forces

Tanks: 8 848 407×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 46 000 4 673
Total artillery: 3 269 532
Self-propelled artillery: 950 117
Rocket artillery: 1 197 50

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 12 100 886
Fighter aircraft: 388 141
Multirole aircraf: 2 062 89
Attack aircraft: 470 0
Helicopters: 5 000 386

Navy

Total naval: 436 76
Aircraftcarriers: 20 1
Destroyers: 85 6
Frigates: 0 13
Corvettes: 0 0
Submarines: 70 11

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.

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.