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A military is an organization authorized by a specific society to use lethal force, usually including the use of weapons, in defending its country by combating actual or perceived threats. The military may serve additional purposes as well, such as advancing a political agenda, supporting or promoting economic expansion through imperialism, and as a form of internal social control. As an adjective the term "military" is also used to refer to any property or aspect of a military. Militaries often function as societies within societies, by having their own military communities.

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