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Republic of Korea Army, Navy (includes Marine Corps), Air Force (2011)
20-30 years of age for compulsory military service, with middle school education required; conscript service obligation - 21 months (Army, Marines), 23 months (Navy), 24 months (Air Force); 18-26 years of age for voluntary military service; women, in service since 1950, admitted to 7 service branches, including infantry, but excluded from artillery, armor, anti-air, and chaplaincy corps; HIV-positive individuals are exempt from military service (2012)
males age 16-49: 13,185,794
females age 16-49: 12,423,496 (2010 est.)
males age 16-49: 10,864,566
females age 16-49: 10,168,709 (2010 est.)
female: 321,225 (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 47
Military Demarcation Line within the 4-km-wide Demilitarized Zone has separated North from South Korea since 1953; periodic incidents with North Korea in the Yellow Sea over the Northern Limit Line, which South Korea claims as a maritime boundary; South Korea and Japan claim Liancourt Rocks (Tok-do/Take-shima), occupied by South Korea since 1954
stateless persons: 179 (2012)
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