When it comes to active members of the Army, China is head and shoulders above anyone else. China has more than 2 million active members of the army, which is much more than what the United States have, for example. There are only three other nations exceeding 1 million active members of the army. Those are India with 1.395 million, the United States with 1.358 million, and the Russian Federation with little over 1 million.
However, China doesn’t have the largest army if you take into account reserves as well. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea, has the largest reserve army in the world, which is by some accounts more than 6 million people.
China’s army was established in 1927 as the China People’s Liberation Army. It is made of ground forces, NAVY, artillery, armed police, and a strong air force. Most of the people in the army are between 18 and 49 years of age. By law, military service is compulsory in China. However, the China has never enforced conscription due to the large number of volunteers.
The army in China is divided into five branches, and from there, into sub-branches. The five main branches are Ground Force, Navy, Air Force, Rocket Force, and Strategic Support Force. Over the past several years, China’s army has grown into being one of the strongest armies in the world. Here are a couple of facts to keep in mind.
China’s army has an anti-ship missile that can easily sink a US carrier. The new ballistic missile was rumored for years, before it was unveiled to the public in 2015. The missile is named Dongfeng-21D. What is unique about this missile is that it can be launched from a land installation. From there, the missile goes into the orbit, and tracks a ship over the horizon. This missile flies 10 times the speed of sound, making it unstoppable once in flight.
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