Ranked:
12th (2012)

Korean Military Budget

See the chart below for a yearly breakdown of military spending in South Korea. (2001 to 2012)

Military Spending in South Korea

Our latest data shows that South Korea spent $31,484,000,000 on their military in 2012 which amounted to 2.7% of the country's GDP that year. Check out the chart below for more Korean military budget data. We can only publish the past 12 years, but SIPRI has data as far back as 1988 on their site.

Total Spent: $314,566,000,000 (Last 12 years)

Year Dollars Spent % GDP
2001 $20,609,000,000 2.6%
2002 $21,177,000,000 2.4%
2003 $21,898,000,000 2.5%
2004 $22,859,000,000 2.5%
2005 $24,722,000,000 2.6%
2006 $25,613,000,000 2.6%
Year Dollars Spent % GDP
2007 $26,773,000,000 2.6%
2008 $28,525,000,000 2.8%
2009 $30,110,000,000 2.9%
2010 $29,912,000,000 2.7%
2011 $30,884,000,000 2.8%
2012 $31,484,000,000 2.7%

Note on Data: Constant (2011) US Dollars are used. For more information about this data visit SIPRI.org.

SIPRI Footnote: The figures for South Korea do not include spending on 3 **special funds** for relocation of military installations, relocations of US bases, and Welfare for Troops. These amounted to 449.3 billion, 1048.8, 1285.2 and 916.7 billion Won in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Other Countries in the Region

Malaysian Flag Malaysia
$4,662 Million (2012)
Pakistani Flag Pakistan
$6,630 Million (2012)
Australian Flag Australia
$25,555 Million (2012)
Kyrgyzstani Flag Kyrgyzstan
No Data (2012)
Chinese Flag China
$157,603 Million (2012)
Bruneian Flag Brunei
$402 Million (2012)
Vietnamese Flag Viet Nam
$3,397 Million (2012)
Fijian Flag Fiji
$54 Million (2012)

South Korea's Military Branches

Republic of Korea Army, Navy (includes Marine Corps), Air Force.

Military Service Age in South Korea

20-30 years of age for compulsory military service, with middle school education required; conscript service obligation - 21 months (Army, Marines), 23 months (Navy), 24 months (Air Force); 18-26 years of age for voluntary military service; women, in service since 1950, admitted to 7 service branches, including infantry, but excluded from artillery, armor, anti-air, and chaplaincy corps; HIV-positive individuals are exempt from military service.