Armed Forces of the Philippines

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) (Filipino: Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas; Spanish: Fuerzas Armadas de las Filipinas) are composed of the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy (including Philippine Marine Corps) and Philippine Air Force. Military service is entirely voluntary. In 2012, the AFP Chief of Staff said that there had been no increase in the number of soldiers over a long period, and that the military aimed to hire 30,000 troops in three years. In 2013 the IISS listed reserves as 40,000 Army, 30,000 Navy and Marine Corps, and 25,000 Air Force. In 2014, manpower figures of 125,000 active and 131,000 reserve were reported by the IISS. In 2014, a senior AFP officer reported it had 90,000 members, of which 30,000 were in the Army and the rest in the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. This figure matches closely with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 2011 figure of 40,000 (Army), 10,000 (Navy and Marine Corps), and 10,000 (Air Force). As of 2017, the Philippines ranked 50 of 127 countries in global firepower.