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In some countries there might be other military branches. In addition to the above-mentioned military branches, examples are:
 
In some countries there might be other military branches. In addition to the above-mentioned military branches, examples are:
* In [[France]] the [[National Gendarmerie]]
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* In France the [[National Gendarmerie]]
* In [[Germany]] the [[Bundeswehr Joint Medical Service|Joint Medical Service]] and the [[Streitkräftebasis|Joint Support Service]]
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* In Germany the [[Bundeswehr Joint Medical Service|Joint Medical Service]] and the [[Streitkräftebasis|Joint Support Service]]
* In [[Italy]] the [[Carabinieri]]
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* In Italy the [[Carabinieri]]
* In [[Norway]] the [[Home Guard (Norway)|Home Guard]] and the [[Norwegian Cyber Force|Cyber Force]]
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* In Norway the [[Home Guard (Norway)|Home Guard]] and the [[Norwegian Cyber Force|Cyber Force]]
* In [[Poland]] the [[Polish Special Forces|Special Forces]]
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* In Poland the [[Polish Special Forces|Special Forces]]
 
* In [[Russia]] the [[Russian Aerospace Defence Forces|Aerospace Defence Forces]], [[Russian Airborne Troops|Airborne Troops]] and the [[Strategic Missile Troops]]
 
* In [[Russia]] the [[Russian Aerospace Defence Forces|Aerospace Defence Forces]], [[Russian Airborne Troops|Airborne Troops]] and the [[Strategic Missile Troops]]
* In [[South Korea]] the [[Republic of Korea Marine Corps|Marine Corps]] (Haebyeongdae)
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* In South Korea the [[Republic of Korea Marine Corps|Marine Corps]] (Haebyeongdae)
 
* In Taiwan the [[Republic of China Military Police|Military Police]] (Xiànbīng)
 
* In Taiwan the [[Republic of China Military Police|Military Police]] (Xiànbīng)
 
* In the [[United States]] the [[United States Marine Corps|Marine Corps]], the [[United States Coast Guard|Coast Guard]], the [[United States Public Health Service|Public Health Service]] and the [[National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps|National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]]
 
* In the [[United States]] the [[United States Marine Corps|Marine Corps]], the [[United States Coast Guard|Coast Guard]], the [[United States Public Health Service|Public Health Service]] and the [[National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps|National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]]

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Military branch (also service branch or armed service) is according to common standard the subdivision of the national armed forces of a sovereign nation or state. In classical NATO terminology, the three basic military branches are the Army, Air Force, and Navy.

Specialized branches

Countries which do not have access to any of the high seas or any oceans generally do not have a national navy.

In some countries there might be other military branches. In addition to the above-mentioned military branches, examples are:

Emblems of some countries

Historical development

The military branches came into being in line with military technical progress and have been developed permanently. With that background, the air force was established early in the 20th century as one of the latest armed service.

The army is traditionally the oldest – and in many countries the biggest armed service.

References

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