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.
|Type||Role||Example (if atypical)|
|Airborne forces||Ground combat units carried by aircraft and airdropped into battle zones||Russian Airborne Forces|
|Air defense force||Anti-aircraft warfare||Egyptian Air Defense Forces|
|Air force||Aerial warfare|
|Army||Ground or land warfare|
|Border guard||Policing land borders||Armenian Border Guard|
|Coast guard||Defending maritime security||United States Coast Guard|
|Cyber force||Cyberwarfare and cybersecurity operations.||Norwegian Cyber Defence Force|
Cyber and Information Domain Service (Germany)
|Gendarmerie||Internal security serving as either police forces or military police||National Gendarmerie (France)|
|Logistics service||Military logistics||Joint Support Service (Germany)|
|Marines||Naval land force that provides support for naval warfare||United States Marine Corps|
|Medical services||Provide military medicine support||Belgian Medical Component|
Joint Medical Service (Germany)
South African Military Health Service
|Military police||Military law enforcement agency|
|Rocket force||Strategic deterrence, second strike||People's Liberation Army Rocket Force (China)|
Strategic Missile Forces (Russia)
|Space force||Space warfare||United States Space Force|
|Special forces||Special operations||Special Operations Forces (Russia)|
Polish Special Forces
The Canadian Armed Forces is the unified armed forces of Canada. While it has three environmental commands - namely the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy, 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 service, or armed service.