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Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications & Transportation,
Military branches
Army, Navy, Air Force, National Gendarmerie, National Police
Military service age and obligation
20 years of age for compulsory and voluntary military service (2007)
Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49: 331,181
females age 16-49: 332,498 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
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males age 16-49: 192,717
females age 16-49: 188,539 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
males age 16-49: 16,558
females age 16-49: 16,577 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
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3.4% (2005 est.)
Disputes - international
UN urges Equatorial Guinea and Gabon to resolve the sovereignty dispute over Gabon-occupied Mbane Island and lesser islands and to establish a maritime boundary in hydrocarbon-rich Corisco Bay
Refugees and internally displaced persons
refugees (country of origin): 7,178 (Republic of Congo) (2007)
Trafficking in persons
current situation: Gabon is predominantly a destination country for children trafficked from other African countries for the purpose of forced labor; girls are primarily trafficked for domestic servitude, forced market vending, forced restaurant labor, and sexual exploitation, while boys are trafficked for forced street hawking and forced labor in small workshops
tier rating: Tier 2 Watch List - Gabon is on the Tier 2 Watch List for its failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat human trafficking in 2007, particularly in terms of efforts to convict and punish trafficking offenders; the government has not reported the convictions or sentences of any trafficking offenders; the government did not take steps to reduce demand for commercial sex acts (2008)

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