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Laos Military 2012

SOURCE: 2012 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Laos Military 2012
SOURCE: 2012 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 23,

Military branches:
Lao People's Armed Forces (LPAF): Lao People's Army (LPA; includes Riverine Force), Air Force (2011)

Military service age and obligation:
18 years of age for compulsory military service; minimum 18-month service obligation (2010)

Manpower available for military service:
males age 16-49: 1,574,362
[see also: Manpower available for military service - male country ranks ]
females age 16-49: 1,607,856 (2010 est.)
[see also: Manpower available for military service - female country ranks ]

Manpower fit for military service:
males age 16-49: 1,111,629
[see also: Manpower fit for military service - male country ranks ]
females age 16-49: 1,190,035 (2010 est.)
[see also: Manpower fit for military service - female country ranks ]

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:
male: 71,400
[see also: Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually - male country ranks ]
female: 73,038 (2010 est.)
[see also: Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually - female country ranks ]

Military expenditures:
0.5% of GDP (2006)
country comparison to the world: 162
[see also: Military expenditures country ranks ]

Military - note:
serving one of the world's least developed countries, the Lao People's Armed Forces (LPAF) is small, poorly funded, and ineffectively resourced; its mission focus is border and internal security, primarily in countering ethnic Hmong insurgent groups; together with the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and the government, the Lao People's Army (LPA) is the third pillar of state machinery, and as such is expected to suppress political and civil unrest and similar national emergencies, but the LPA also has upgraded skills to respond to avian influenza outbreaks; there is no perceived external threat to the state and the LPA maintains strong ties with the neighboring Vietnamese military (2008)


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Laos on this page is re-published from the 2012 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Laos Military 2012 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Laos Military 2012 should be addressed to the CIA.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may habe the following issues:
  a) They assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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