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South Sudan Military Profile 2017

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Military branchesSouth Sudan Defense Force (SSDF): ground force, navy, air force and air defense units (2017)
Military service age and obligation18 is the legal minimum age for compulsory and voluntary military service; the Government of South Sudan signed agreements in March 2012 and August 2015 that included the demobilization of all child soldiers within the armed forces and opposition, but the recruitment of child soldiers by the warring parties continues; as of the end of 2016, UNICEF estimates that more than 17,000 child soldiers had been used in the country's civil war since it began in December 2013 (2016)
Military expenditures10.93% of GDP (2015)
9.77% of GDP (2014)
7.41% of GDP (2013)
9.53% of GDP (2012)
5.91% of GDP (2011)

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

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