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Laos Military Profile 2017

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Military branchesLao People's Armed Forces (LPAF): Lao People's Army (LPA, includes Riverine Force), Air Force (2011)
Military service age and obligation18 years of age for compulsory or voluntary military service; conscript service obligation - minimum 18-months (2012)
Military expenditures0.2% of GDP (2013)
0.22% of GDP (2012)
0.23% of GDP (2011)
Military - noteserving 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; there is no perceived external threat to the state and the LPA maintains strong ties with the neighboring Vietnamese military (2012)

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on July 9, 2017

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