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Brunei:
Military & Transnational Issues

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Military branches
Definition
Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF): Royal Brunei Land Forces, Royal Brunei Navy, Royal Brunei Air Force (Tentera Udara Diraja Brunei) (2008)
Military service age and obligation
Definition
18 years of age (est.) for voluntary military service; non-Malays are ineligible to serve (2007)
Manpower available for military service
Definition
males age 16-49: 108,356
females age 16-49: 110,153 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 91,297
females age 16-49: 93,228 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Definition
males age 16-49: 3,223
females age 16-49: 3,182 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
4.5% (2006)
Disputes - international
Definition
Brunei and Malaysia reached a tentative deal in 2007 consultations to resolve their offshore and deepwater seabed dispute and resume hydrocarbon exploration, terminated in 2003, near the site of a major discovery; Malaysia's land boundary with Brunei around Limbang is in dispute; Brunei established an exclusive economic fishing zone encompassing Louisa Reef in the southern Spratly Islands in 1984, but makes no public territorial claim to the offshore reefs; the 2002 "Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea" has eased tensions in the Spratly Islands but falls short of a legally binding "code of conduct" desired by several of the disputants
Illicit drugs
Definition
drug trafficking and illegally importing controlled substances are serious offenses in Brunei and carry a mandatory death penalty


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