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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 some countries there might be other military branches. In addition to the above-mentioned military branches, 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 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 Taiwan the Military Police
- In the United States the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard
Emblems of some countries
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.