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Once the center of power for the large Austro-Hungarian Empire, Austria was reduced to a small republic after its defeat in World War I. Following annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938 and subsequent occupation by the victorious Allies in 1945, Austria's status remained unclear for a decade. A State Treaty signed in 1955 ended the occupation, recognized Austria's independence, and forbade unification with Germany. A constitutional law that same year declared the country's "perpetual neutrality" as a condition for Soviet military withdrawal. The Soviet Union's collapse in 1991 and Austria's entry into the European Union in 1995 have altered the meaning of this neutrality. A prosperous, democratic country, Austria entered the EU Economic and Monetary Union in 1999.


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Land Forces (KdoLdSK), Air Forces (KdoLuSK)

Military service age and obligation
Registration requirement at age 17; males under the age of 35 must complete basic military training (6 month duration); males 17 to 50 years old in the militia or inactive reserve are subject to compulsory military service (2011)

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 1,941,110
Females age 16-49 1,910,434 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 1,579,862
Females age 16-49 1,554,130 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 48,108
Female 45,752 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures World Ranking: 147
0.8% of GDP (2009)


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  GPS points from Austria (Vienna)

Oberunterstetten Upper Austria

Lakarscharte Salzburg

Sturmmuhle Upper Austria

Steinbach Upper Austria

Ober Steinriedl Upper Austria

Herrenteich Lower Austria

Birntaler Lower Austria

Wechselbergen Lower Austria




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