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  1. Irish National Liberation Army, INLA, People's Liberation Army, People's Republican Army, Catholic Reaction Force(noun)

    a radical terrorist group dedicated to the removal of British forces from Northern Ireland and the unification of Ireland

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  1. People's Liberation Army

    The People's Liberation Army is the military arm of the Communist Party of China and the de facto armed forces of the People's Republic of China, consisting of land, sea, strategic missile and air forces. Initially called the Chinese Workers and Peasants Red Army, the PLA was established on August 1, 1927 which is celebrated annually as "PLA Day". The People's Liberation Army's insignia consists of a roundel with a red star bearing the Chinese characters for "Eight One", referring to August 1, the date of the 1927 Nanchang Uprising. The PLA is the world's largest military force, with a strength of approximately 2,250,000 personnel. The PLA comprises five main service branches, consisting of the PLA Ground Force, PLA Navy, PLA Air Force, Second Artillery Corps, and the PLA Reserve Force. Military service is compulsory, in theory, for all men who attain the age of 18; women may register for duty in the medical, veterinary, and other technical services at ages as young as 14. However, a draft in China has never been enforced due to large numbers of volunteers from China's huge population. Demobilized servicemen are carried in a ready reserve, which is reinforced by a standby reserve of veterans and by the militia.


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