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Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications & Transportation,
Military branches
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
18 years of age (est.) for voluntary military service; non-Malays are ineligible to serve (2007)
Manpower available for military service
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
males age 16-49: 3,223
females age 16-49: 3,182 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
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4.5% (2006)
Disputes - international
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
drug trafficking and illegally importing controlled substances are serious offenses in Brunei and carry a mandatory death penalty

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