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Military power of United Kingdom and USA

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

Military expenditures

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

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

Land Forces

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

Air Forces

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

Navy

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

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.

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.