New Zealand

Military:  NEW ZEALAND

Military branches:

New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF): New Zealand Army, Royal New Zealand Navy, Royal New Zealand Air Force (Te Hokowhitu o Kahurangi, RNZAF) (2013)

Military service age and obligation:

17 years of age for voluntary military service; soldiers cannot be deployed until the age of 18; no conscription; 3 years of secondary education required; must be a citizen of NZ, the UK, Australia, Canada, or the US, and resident of NZ for the previous 5 years (2013)

Manpower available for military service:

males age 16-49: 1,019,798

females age 16-49: 1,003,429 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:

males age 16-49: 843,526

females age 16-49: 828,779 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:

male: 30,846

female: 28,825 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures:

country comparison to the world: 99

Transnational Issues:  NEW ZEALAND

Disputes - international:

asserts a territorial claim in Antarctica (Ross Dependency)

Illicit drugs:

significant consumer of amphetamines