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Country: USA (US) Turkey (TR)
Capital: Washington Ankara
Population: 324 527 000 79 814 871
Area: 9 857 306 km2 783 562 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 610 billion $ 18,2 billion $
Percent of GDP: 3,1% 2,2%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 1 281 900 685 862
Reserve personnel: 811 000 407 122
Available for military: 73 270 043 21 079 077

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 6 393 2 435
Armoured fighting vehicles: 41 760 7 947
Total artillery: 3 269 2 546
Self-propelled artillery: 950 1 087
Rocket artillery: 1 197 462

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 12 304 1 351
Fighter aircraft: 457 49
Multirole aircraf: 2 192 245
Attack aircraft: 587 0
Helicopters: 4 889 606

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Navy

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Total naval: 437 145
Aircraftcarriers: 20 0
Destroyers: 85 0
Frigates: 0 16
Corvettes: 0 9
Submarines: 71 12

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Nuclear weapons

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The first country to develop and to military use nuclear warheads in the world. Everything started from the Manhattan project, a research that had one particular goal in focus – to develop and produce the first nuclear weapon. Americans were the first to wield such powerful weapon. Everything started in 1941, which is date of the beginning of Manhattan project. Since the end of the Second World War, United States became the leading country when it comes to possessing nuclear warheads and it lasted approximately to 1980s. We should also bear in mind that United States are also the only nation that ever used nuclear weapon in military conflict.

In 1960, the amount of warheads stored by Americans exceeded 30,000. However, it is worth to note that throughout the entire period of the so-called Cold War, USA managed to build approximately 70,000 nuclear warheads, what is more than all other countries with access to nuclear weapons combined. From the first test that happened in 1945 to this day, the USA conducted 1054 tests of atomic bombs. Still, as a result of introduced restrictions on the amount of warheads one state can possess, the current number has dropped to 6500 warheads. Noteworthy is also the fact that out of this number, United States deployed only 1600.

Turkey

Turkey participates in the NATO nuclear weapons sharing arrangements and trains for delivering United States nuclear warheads.

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.

Turkey

21-41 years of age for male compulsory military service; 18 years of age for voluntary service; 12 months conscript obligation for non-university graduates, 6-12 months for university graduates (graduates of higher education may perform 6 months of military service as short-term privates, or 12 months as reserve officers); conscripts are called to register at age 20, for service at 21; women serve in the Turkish Armed Forces only as officers; reserve obligation to age 41; Turkish citizens with a residence or work permit who have worked abroad for at least 3 years (1095 days) can be exempt from military service in exchange for 6,000 EUR or its equivalent in foreign currencies; a law passed in December 2014 introduced a one-time payment scheme which exempted Turkish citizens 27 and older from conscription in exchange for a payment of $8,150.