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South Africa Military Profile 2013

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Military branchesSouth African National Defense Force (SANDF): South African Army, South African Navy (SAN), South African Air Force (SAAF), South African Military Health Services (2013)
Military service age and obligation18 years of age for voluntary military service; women are eligible to serve in noncombat roles; 2-year service obligation (2012)
Manpower available for military servicemales age 16-49: 13,439,781
females age 16-49: 12,473,641 (2010 est.)
Manpower fit for military servicemales age 16-49: 7,617,063
females age 16-49: 6,476,264 (2010 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annuallymale: 482,122
female: 485,017 (2010 est.)
Military expenditures1.7% of GDP (2006)
Military - notewith 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

Source: CIA World Factbook
Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of February 21, 2013