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I am intrigued by the above archived discussion. 5 supporters of the merge and 2 opposed. There are arguments given supporting the merger. There are no arguments given for why the articles should not merge. It seems to me that there is not a distinction of significance between "military" and "armed forces" so far as what would go into an article. As a Venn diagram these circles would be near perfectly overlapping or (at the very least) concentric. For those who were opposed, please explain. The distinction should probably be highlighted in one of the articles. --MCG (talk) 04:16, 6 December 2009 (UTC)
- If I understand it correctly, the military is the main (and often the only) part of the armed forces, but in some cases (maybe during a war) the armed forces can also include, for example, border guards, paramilitary organisations, some police forces, guerrillas... They are not a part of the military but they can be a part of the armed forces.
- If something like this would be added to the article, we could probably cite some law... The Lithuania article (lt:Ginkluotosios pajėgos) cites a Lithuanian law, but there must be some English speaking country that also makes such a distinction, right? --Martynas Patasius (talk) 20:05, 9 December 2009 (UTC)
- Update: Due to Talk page archiving, the discussion mentioned above can now be found at Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Military_history/Archive_94#Armed_forces_.2F_Military. — ¾-10 00:40, 12 December 2012 (UTC)