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Military branches
Swiss Armed Forces: Land Forces, Swiss Air Force (Schweizer Luftwaffe) (2007)
Military service age and obligation
19 years of age for male compulsory military service; 18 years of age for voluntary male and female military service; the Swiss Constitution states that "every Swiss male is obliged to do military service"; every Swiss male has to serve at least 260 days in the armed forces; conscripts receive 18 weeks of mandatory training, followed by seven 3-week intermittent recalls for training during the next 10 years (2008)
Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49: 1,852,580
females age 16-49: 1,807,667 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
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males age 16-49: 1,513,984
females age 16-49: 1,478,761 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
males age 16-49: 49,205
females age 16-49: 45,220 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
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1% (2005 est.)
Disputes - international
Illicit drugs
a major international financial center vulnerable to the layering and integration stages of money laundering; despite significant legislation and reporting requirements, secrecy rules persist and nonresidents are permitted to conduct business through offshore entities and various intermediaries; transit country for and consumer of South American cocaine, Southwest Asian heroin, and Western European synthetics; domestic cannabis cultivation and limited ecstasy production

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