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Oman Military


The Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces which consist of the army, navy and air force, and the Royal Household troops, numbered around 120,000 in 2010. Paramilitary units include the Tribal Home Guard (Firqats) of 8,000 personnel organised in small tribal teams, a Royal Oman Police (ROP) coast guard of 400, and a small ROP air wing.

Funded directly by the Sultan, the elite Royal Household brigade, naval unit, and air unit number 6,400, including two special forces regiments. Oman holds one of the world's largest stocks of Scud missiles, ranging at an estimate of over 30,000 ballistic missiles. In 2008 Oman spent 7.7% of GDP on military expenditures. Oman is also home to the world's only camel-backed bagpipe military band.


Military branches
Sultan's Armed Forces (SAF): Royal Army of Oman, Royal Navy of Oman, Royal Air Force of Oman (2012)

Military service age and obligation
18-30 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2010)

Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49: 985,957
females age 16-49: 737,812 (2010 est.))

Manpower fit for military service
males age 16-49: 837,886
females age 16-49: 642,427 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching military service age annually
male: 31,959
female: 30,264 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures - percent of GDP
11.4% of GDP (2005 est.)





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