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Italy Page

Other pages in this profile of Italy:
Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications & Transportation,
Military branches
Italian Army (Esercito Italiano, EI), Italian Navy (Marina Militare Italiana, MMI), Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana, AMI), Carabinieri Corps (Arma dei Carabinieri, CC) (2008)
Military service age and obligation
18-27 year of age for voluntary military service; conscription abolished January 2005; women may serve in any military branch; 10-month service obligation, with a reserve obligation to age 45 (Army and Air Force) or 39 (Navy) (2006)
Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49: 13,884,079
females age 16-49: 13,158,378 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 11,285,488
females age 16-49: 10,680,672 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
males age 16-49: 290,740
females age 16-49: 273,569 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
1.8% (2005 est.)
Disputes - international
Italy's long coastline and developed economy entices tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from southeastern Europe and northern Africa
Illicit drugs
important gateway for and consumer of Latin American cocaine and Southwest Asian heroin entering the European market; money laundering by organized crime and from smuggling

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