Armed forces

military, naval, and air forces, especially of a nation or of a number of nations.
Contemporary Examples

The country also recently hosted a training camp for a new militia composed of defectors from the Syrian armed forces.
Assad’s Move Against Facebook Rula Jebreal November 6, 2011

Dwelling on the reality of service doesn’t really fit in with the mentality of success or mind-set of anyone in the armed forces.
The Memorial Day Diaries The Daily Beast May 28, 2011

You can be sure,” says Mahfouz, “that the Ministry of Interior takes its orders from the Supreme Council for the armed forces.
Corrupt and Brutal, Egypt’s Police Fight for Their Survival Ursula Lindsey November 21, 2011

Egyptian people and armed forces to defy their government and turn against it.
Seeking a Quick Exit in Gaza Raghida Dergham January 1, 2009

There are at least four separate groups intended for current or former members of the U.S. armed forces.
Sikh Temple Shooting Returns Attention To Military’s White Power Problem Jesse Ellison August 12, 2012

Historical Examples

One of the most urgent immediate requirements of the armed forces is more nurses.
State of the Union Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt Franklin D. Roosevelt

They may correctly be said to belong indirectly to the armed forces.
International Law. A Treatise. Volume II (of 2) Lassa Francis Oppenheim

For all its sweeping implications, equality in the armed forces obviously had its pragmatic aspects.
Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965 Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.

The militia, armed forces, and security troops have been required to undertake programs to cooperate with youth organizations.
Area Handbook for Romania Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

Finland and the Aland Islands must be evacuated by all Russian armed forces, both military and naval.
The Story of the Great War, Volume VII (of VIII) Various

plural noun
the military forces of a nation or nations, including the army, navy, air force, marines, etc


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