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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.
Some countries don't use the classical organisation for their military forces. Some examples are:
- In Argentina the National Gendarmerie and the Naval Prefecture
- In Belgium the Belgian Medical Component
- In China the Rocket Force and the Strategic Support Force
- In France the National Gendarmerie and the National Guard
- In Germany the Joint Medical Service, the Joint Support Service and the Cyber and Information Space Command
- In Italy the Carabinieri
- In Netherlands the Dutch Royal Military Police
- In North Korea the Special Operation Force and the Strategic Force
- In Norway the Home Guard and the Cyber Defence Force
- In Poland the Special Forces
- In Russia the Airborne Troops and the Strategic Missile Troops
- In South Africa the Military Health Service
- In Saudi Arabia the Royal Saudi Air Defense
- In Taiwan the Military Police
- In the United States the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard
The Canadian Armed Forces is the unified armed forces of Canada. While it has three environmental commands - namely Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force - it remains a single military service.
Branch of service (also branch of military service or branch of armed service) refers, according to NATO standards, to a branch, employment of combined forces or parts of a service, below the level of service, military serviced or armed service.
- STANAG 2116: NATO Codes for Grades of Military Personnel. NATO. 13 March 1996.
- MILITÄRISCHES STUDIENGLOSAR ENGLISCH Teil I, A – K, Bundessprachenamt (Stand Januar 2001), page 226, definition: branch of service.