United Arab Emirates

Military:  United Arab Emirates

Military branches:

United Arab Emirates Armed Forces: Critical Infrastructure Coastal Patrol Agency (CNIA), Land Forces, Navy, Air Force and Air Defense, Border and Coast Guard Directorate (BCGD) (2012)

Military service age and obligation:

18 years of age for voluntary military service; 18 years of age for officers and women; no conscription; 16-22 years of age for candidates for the UAE Naval College (2012)

Manpower available for military service:

males age 16-49: 2,676,928 (includes non-nationals)

females age 16-49: 981,649 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:

males age 16-49: 2,229,366

females age 16-49: 842,759 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:

male: 27,439

female: 24,419 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures:

country comparison to the world: 9

Transnational Issues:  United Arab Emirates

Disputes - international:

boundary agreement was signed and ratified with Oman in 2003 for entire border, including Oman's Musandam Peninsula and Al Madhah enclaves, but contents of the agreement and detailed maps showing the alignment have not been published; Iran and UAE dispute Tunb Islands and Abu Musa Island, which Iran occupies

Illicit drugs:

the UAE is a drug transshipment point for traffickers given its proximity to Southwest Asian drug-producing countries; the UAE's position as a major financial center makes it vulnerable to money laundering; anti-money-laundering controls improving, but informal banking remains unregulated