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military necessity, air force, navy, army, streets

In 2001 the armed forces of Myanmar included 344,000 people. The army had 325,000 members, the navy had 10,000, the air force had 9,000, and the remainder were paramilitary personnel, including the People’s Police Force and the People’s Militia. Myanmar has a military conscription law but it has not been applied because of sufficient voluntary enlistments. When required by military necessity, voluntary and involuntary labor is recruited from the streets, a practice that has been described by the government as traditional but is much criticized in international forums. Women, with the exception of medical personnel, generally do not serve in Myanmar’s armed forces.



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