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Military branchesAustralian Defense Force (ADF): Australian Army (includes Special Operations Command), Royal Australian Navy (includes Naval Aviation Force), Royal Australian Air Force (2021)
Military service age and obligation17 years of age for voluntary military service (with parental consent); no conscription (abolished 1973); women allowed to serve in all roles (2021)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP2.1% of GDP (2021 est.)

2.2% of GDP (2020 est.)

1.9% of GDP (2019)

1.9% of GDP (2018)

2% of GDP (2017)
Military and security service personnel strengthsthe Australian Defense Force has approximately 59,000 total active troops (29,600 Army; 15,000 Navy; 14,400 Air Force) (2020)
Military equipment inventories and acquisitionsthe Australian military's inventory includes a mix of domestically-produced and imported Western (mostly US-origin, particularly aircraft) weapons systems; since 2015, the US is the largest supplier of arms; the Australian defense industry produces a variety of land and sea weapons platforms; the defense industry also participates in joint development and production ventures with other Western countries, including the US and Canada (2020)
Military deploymentsapproximately 700 Middle East (2021)

Source: CIA World Factbook
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