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Military branches
National Army (Nationaal Leger, NL; includes Naval Wing, Air Wing) (2007)
Military service age and obligation
18 years of age (est.); recruitment is voluntary, with personnel drawn almost exclusively from the Creole community (2007)
Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49: 130,534
females age 16-49: 130,243 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 105,770
females age 16-49: 109,666 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
0.6% (2006 est.)
Disputes - international
area claimed by French Guiana between Riviere Litani and Riviere Marouini (both headwaters of the Lawa); Suriname claims a triangle of land between the New and Kutari/Koetari rivers in a historic dispute over the headwaters of the Courantyne; Guyana seeks United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) arbitration to resolve the long-standing dispute with Suriname over the axis of the territorial sea boundary in potentially oil-rich waters
Illicit drugs
growing transshipment point for South American drugs destined for Europe via the Netherlands and Brazil; transshipment point for arms-for-drugs dealing

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