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    Iran Military - 2006

      Military branches:
      Islamic Republic of Iran Regular Forces (Artesh): Ground Forces, Navy, Air Force (includes Air Defense); Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (Sepah-e Pasdaran-e Enqelab-e Eslami, IRGC): Ground Forces, Navy, Air Force, Qods Force (special operations), and Basij Force (Popular Mobilization Army); Law Enforcement Forces (2004)

      Military service age and obligation:
      18 years of age for compulsory military service; 16 years of age for volunteers; soldiers as young as 9 were recruited extensively during the Iran-Iraq War; conscript service obligation - 18 months (2004)

      Manpower available for military service:
      males age 18-49: 18,319,545
      females age 18-49: 17,541,037 (2005 est.)

      Manpower fit for military service:
      males age 18-49: 15,665,725
      females age 18-49: 15,005,597 (2005 est.)

      Manpower reaching military service age annually:
      males age 18-49: 862,056
      females age 18-49: 808,044 (2005 est.)

      Military expenditures - dollar figure:
      $4.3 billion (2003 est.)

      Military expenditures - percent of GDP:
      3.3% (2003 est.)

      NOTE: The information regarding Iran on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Iran Military 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Iran Military 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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