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Singapore was founded as a British trading colony in 1819. It joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963 but separated two years later and became independent. Singapore subsequently became one of the world's most prosperous countries with strong international trading links (its port is one of the world's busiest in terms of tonnage handled) and with per capita GDP equal to that of the leading nations of Western Europe.


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Military

Military branches
Singapore Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force (includes Air Defense) (2010)

Military service age and obligation
18-21 years of age for male compulsory military service; 16 years of age for volunteers; 2-year conscript service obligation, with a reserve obligation to age 40 (enlisted) or age 50 (officers) (2008)

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 1,255,902 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 1,018,839
Females age 16-49 1,087,134 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 27,098
Female 25,368 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures World Ranking: 17
4.9% of GDP (2005 est.)


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Singapore (City-state):


GPS points from Singapore (City-state)

Sungai Tampines Singapore (general)

Terumbu Tukak Singapore (general)

Selat Sembulan Singapore (general)

Sarimbun I Singapore (general)

Tanjong Belayar Singapore (general)

Pulau Berhala Reping Singapore (general)

Serangoon Village Singapore (general)

Lowinger Reef Singapore (general)




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