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Holland - Military

Military branches: Royal Netherlands Army, Royal Netherlands Navy (including Naval Air Service and Marine Corps), Royal Netherlands Air Force, Royal Constabulary

Military manpower - military age: 20 years of age (note - age 17 for cadets and midshipmen) (2003 est.)

Military manpower - availability: males age 15-49: 4,071,891 (2003 est.)

Military manpower - fit for military service: males age 15-49: 3,536,586 (2003 est.)

Military manpower - reaching military age annually: males: 94,034
note: Netherlands has an all-volunteer, 74,100 force in 2001 (2003 est.)

Military expenditures - dollar figure: $6.5 billion (FY00/01 est.)

Military expenditures - percent of GDP: 1.5% (FY00/01 est.)

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