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Military power of North Korea & South Korea

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North Korea vs South Korea

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Country: North Korea (KP) South Korea (KR)
Capital: Pyongyang Seoul
Population: 24 895 000 51 446 201
Area: 120 540 km2 100 210 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 15 billion $ 36,8 billion $
Percent of GDP: 20,8% 2,7%

Military budget

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 1 190 000 625 000
Reserve personnel: 600 000 3 100 000
Available for military: 6 515 279 13 185 794

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 6 000 2 446
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4 000 3 290
Total artillery: 13 000 5 958
Self-propelled artillery: 4 500 1 890
Rocket artillery: 5 000 214

Tanks

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 906 1 526
Fighter aircraft: 349 151
Multirole aircraf: 35 265
Attack aircraft: 154 0
Helicopters: 202 786

Total aircraft

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Navy

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Total naval: 525 151
Aircraftcarriers: 0 1
Destroyers: 0 12
Frigates: 6 13
Corvettes: 6 16
Submarines: 75 15

Total naval

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Military service

North Korea

18 is presumed to be the legal minimum age for compulsory military service; 16-17 is the presumed legal minimum age for voluntary service.

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.