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Military power of United Kingdom and South Korea

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

Military expenditures

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

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

Land Forces

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

Air Forces

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

Navy

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

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.

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.