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Laos Military 2011
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SOURCE: 2011 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


















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Page last updated on January 13, 2011

Military branches:
Lao People's Armed Forces (LPAF): Lao People's Army (LPA; includes Riverine Force), Air Force (2010)

Military service age and obligation:
18 years of age for compulsory military service; minimum 18-month conscript service obligation (2010)

Manpower available for military service:
males age 16-49: 1,633,725
[see also: Manpower available for military service - males age 16-49 country ranks ]
females age 16-49: 1,654,235 (2010 est.)
[see also: Manpower available for military service - females age 16-49 country ranks ]

Manpower fit for military service:
males age 16-49: 1,056,050
[see also: Manpower fit for military service - males age 16-49 country ranks ]
females age 16-49: 1,121,640 (2010 est.)
[see also: Manpower fit for military service - females age 16-49 country ranks ]

Manpower reaching military service age annually:
male: 77,910
[see also: Manpower reaching military service age annually - male country ranks ]
female: 77,761 (2010 est.)
[see also: Manpower reaching military service age annually - female country ranks ]

Military expenditures:
0.5% of GDP (2006)
country comparison to the world: 164
[see also: Military expenditures country ranks ]

Military - note:
serving one of the world's least developed countries, the Lao People's Armed Forces (LPAF) is small, poorly funded, and ineffectively resourced; its mission focus is border and internal security, primarily in countering ethnic Hmong insurgent groups; together with the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and the government, the Lao People's Army (LPA) is the third pillar of state machinery, and as such is expected to suppress political and civil unrest and similar national emergencies, but the LPA also has upgraded skills to respond to avian influenza outbreaks; there is no perceived external threat to the state and the LPA maintains strong ties with the neighboring Vietnamese military (2008)


NOTE: The information regarding Laos on this page is re-published from the 2011 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Laos Military 2011 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Laos Military 2011 should be addressed to the CIA.



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