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    South Africa Military - 2006

      Military branches:
      South African National Defense Force (SANDF): Army, Navy, Air Force, Joint Operations, Joint Support, Military Intelligence, Military Health Service (2004)

      Military service age and obligation:
      18 years of age for voluntary military service; women have a long history of military service in noncombat roles, dating back to World War I (2004)

      Manpower available for military service:
      males age 18-49: 10,354,769
      females age 18-49: 10,626,550 (2005 est.)

      Manpower fit for military service:
      males age 18-49: 4,927,757
      females age 18-49: 4,609,071 (2005 est.)

      Manpower reaching military service age annually:
      males age 18-49: 512,407
      females age 18-49: 506,078 (2005 est.)

      Military expenditures - dollar figure:
      $3.55 billion (2005 est.)

      Military expenditures - percent of GDP:
      1.5% (2005 est.)

      Military - note:
      with the end of apartheid and the establishment of majority rule, former military, black homelands forces, and ex-opposition forces were integrated into the South African National Defense Force (SANDF); as of 2003 the integration process was considered complete

      NOTE: The information regarding South Africa on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of South Africa Military 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about South Africa Military 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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