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Abu Dhabi Military

The armed forces of the UAE, called the Union Defense Forces (UDF), numbered 50,500 in 2004, with an army of 44,000 members, a navy of 2,500, and an air force of 4,000. A paid, professional force, the UDF relies heavily on officers and technicians from the United Kingdom , Jordan , and Pakistan , with many Omanis in the ranks of the ground forces.

An Overview

Military branches:
Army, Navy (includes Marines and Coast Guard), Air and Air Defense Force, paramilitary forces (includes Federal Police Force)

Military service age and obligation:
18 years of age (est.); no conscription (2001)

Manpower available for military service:
males age 18-49: 653,181
note: includes non-nationals (2005 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:
males age 18-49: 526,671 (2005 est.)

Manpower reaching military service age annually:
males: 30,706 (2005 est.)

Military expenditures - dollar figure:
$1.6 billion (FY00)

Military expenditures - percent of GDP:
3.1% (FY00)




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