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Military branches
Army of the Republic of Macedonia (ARM): Joint Operational Command, with subordinate Air Wing (Makedonsko Voeno Vozduhoplovstvo, MVV), Special Operations Regiment (2007)
Military service age and obligation
18 years of age for voluntary military service (2007)
Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49: 532,856
females age 16-49: 513,684 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
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males age 16-49: 444,693
females age 16-49: 428,341 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
males age 16-49: 15,141
females age 16-49: 14,434 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
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6% (2005 est.)
Disputes - international
ethnic Albanians in Kosovo object to demarcation of the boundary with Serbia in accordance with the 2000 Macedonia-Serbia and Montenegro delimitation agreement; Greece continues to reject the use of the name Macedonia or Republic of Macedonia
Refugees and internally displaced persons
IDPs: fewer than 1,000 (ethnic conflict in 2001) (2007)
Illicit drugs
major transshipment point for Southwest Asian heroin and hashish; minor transit point for South American cocaine destined for Europe; although not a financial center and most criminal activity is thought to be domestic, money laundering is a problem due to a mostly cash-based economy and weak enforcement

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