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Military > Armed forces personnel > Total: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Armed forces personnel are active duty military personnel, including paramilitary forces if the training, organisation, equipment, and control suggest they may be used to support or replace regular military forces.".

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 China 2.88 million 2008
2 India 2.58 million 2008
3 European Union 2.4 million 2008
4 United States 1.54 million 2008
5 Russia 1.48 million 2008
South Asia average (profile) 944,250 2008
6 Pakistan 921,000 2008
7 Brazil 721,000 2008
8 Turkey 613,000 2008
9 Indonesia 582,000 2008
10 Iraq 577,000 2008
11 Burma 513,000 2008
Emerging markets average (profile) 497,080 2008
12 Vietnam 495,000 2008
13 Italy 436,000 2008
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 434,142.86 2008
14 Thailand 421,000 2008
15 Colombia 411,000 2008
Non-religious countries average (profile) 409,633.33 2008
16 Syria 401,000 2008
South and Central Asia average (profile) 395,363.64 2008
17 France 353,000 2008
18 Algeria 334,000 2008
Religious countries average (profile) 313,047.62 2008
19 Mexico 286,000 2008
Cold countries average (profile) 252,124.32 2000
20 Morocco 246,000 2008
21 Germany 244,000 2008
22 Japan 242,000 2008
23 Saudi Arabia 238,000 2008
24 Spain 223,000 2008
25 Bangladesh 221,000 2008
26 Ukraine 215,000 2008
27 Sri Lanka 213,000 2008
28 Eritrea 202,000 2008
=29 Cambodia 191,000 2008
=29 Peru 191,000 2008
31 Israel 185,000 2008
32 Belarus 183,000 2008
OPEC countries average (profile) 176,444.44 2008
33 Singapore 167,000 2008
failed states average (profile) 163,384.62 2008
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 162,933.33 2008
34 Nigeria 162,000 2008
35 Greece 161,000 2008
Former British colonies average (profile) 160,820.93 2000
36 United Kingdom 160,000 2008
Heavily indebted countries average (profile) 158,612.57 1999
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 154,266.67 2008
37 Romania 153,000 2008
38 Democratic Republic of the Congo 151,000 2008
Eastern Europe average (profile) 149,911.76 2008
39 Philippines 147,000 2008
High income OECD countries average (profile) 144,211.4 2008
40 Poland 143,000 2008
Muslim countries average (profile) 138,943.75 2008
41 Ethiopia 138,000 2008
42 Malaysia 134,000 2008
43 Nepal 131,000 2008
44 Laos 129,000 2008
45 Sudan 127,000 2008
Europe average (profile) 125,453.46 2008
Catholic countries average (profile) 118,013.59 2008
46 Venezuela 115,000 2008
NATO countries average (profile) 112,194.15 2008
47 Jordan 111,000 2008
48 Argentina 107,000 2008
49 Chile 103,000 2008
Eurozone average (profile) 96,520.11 2008
50 Portugal 91,000 2008
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 90,865 2008
51 Uzbekistan 87,000 2008
European Union average (profile) 86,641.5 2008
Former French colonies average (profile) 86,520 2008
52 Bolivia 83,000 2008
53 Azerbaijan 82,000 2008
54 Kazakhstan 81,000 2008
=55 Libya 76,000 2008
=55 Lebanon 76,000 2008
=55 Cuba 76,000 2008
58 Bulgaria 75,000 2008
59 Dominican Republic 65,000 2008
60 Canada 64,000 2008
61 South Africa 62,000 2008
62 Ecuador 58,400 2008
63 Australia 55,000 2008
64 Afghanistan 53,000 2008
=65 Zimbabwe 51,000 2008
=65 United Arab Emirates 51,000 2008
=65 Burundi 51,000 2008
68 Somalia 50,000 2000
69 Tunisia 48,000 2008
=70 Netherlands 47,000 2008
=70 Oman 47,000 2008
=70 Uganda 47,000 2008
73 Armenia 42,000 2008
74 Belgium 39,000 2008
75 Hungary 37,000 2008
=76 Rwanda 35,000 2008
=76 Guatemala 35,000 2008
=76 Chad 35,000 2008
=76 Austria 35,000 2008
Sub-Saharan Africa average (profile) 33,701.19 2008
=80 El Salvador 33,000 2008
=80 Georgia 33,000 2008
82 Finland 32,000 2008
83 Denmark 30,000 2008
84 Kenya 29,000 2008
85 Tanzania 28,000 2008
86 Czech Republic 27,000 2008
87 Paraguay 26,000 2008
88 Uruguay 25,900 2008
=89 Serbia and Montenegro 24,000 2008
=89 Lithuania 24,000 2008
=91 Cameroon 23,000 2008
=91 Switzerland 23,000 2008
=91 Kuwait 23,000 2008
=94 Turkmenistan 22,000 2008
=94 Madagascar 22,000 2008
=94 Croatia 22,000 2008
=97 Mauritania 21,000 2008
=97 Kyrgyzstan 21,000 2008
99 Honduras 20,000 2008
=100 Norway 19,000 2008
=100 Bahrain 19,000 2008
=100 Guinea 19,000 2008
=100 Senegal 19,000 2008
=100 Cote d'Ivoire 19,000 2008
105 Sweden 17,600 2008
=106 Tajikistan 17,000 2008
=106 Slovakia 17,000 2008
=106 Mongolia 17,000 2008
=109 Latvia 16,000 2008
=109 Zambia 16,000 2008
111 Namibia 15,000 2008
112 Albania 14,500 2008
113 Ghana 14,000 2008
114 Djibouti 13,000 2008
=115 Congo, Republic of the 12,000 2008
=115 Panama 12,000 2008
=115 Qatar 12,000 2008
=115 Slovenia 12,000 2008
=115 Mali 12,000 2008
=115 Nicaragua 12,000 2008
121 Burkina Faso 11,250 2008
=122 Sierra Leone 11,000 2008
=122 Botswana 11,000 2008
=122 Mozambique 11,000 2008
125 Cyprus 10,750 2008
=126 Costa Rica 10,000 2008
=126 Ireland 10,000 2008
=126 Niger 10,000 2008
129 Togo 9,750 2008
=130 Bosnia and Herzegovina 9,000 2008
=130 New Zealand 9,000 2008
=130 Brunei 9,000 2008
=133 Moldova 8,000 2008
=133 Benin 8,000 2008
=135 Malawi 7,000 2008
=135 Estonia 7,000 2008
=135 Gabon 7,000 2008
=138 Guinea-Bissau 6,000 2008
=138 Bhutan 6,000 2000
140 Maldives 5,000 2000
=141 Fiji 4,000 2008
=141 Trinidad and Tobago 4,000 2008
=143 Swaziland 3,000 1999
=143 Central African Republic 3,000 2008
=143 Papua New Guinea 3,000 2008
=143 Jamaica 3,000 2008
=143 Guyana 3,000 2008
=148 Liberia 2,000 2008
=148 Mauritius 2,000 2008
=148 Suriname 2,000 2008
=148 Lesotho 2,000 2008
=148 Malta 2,000 2008
153 Luxembourg 1,612 2008
=154 East Timor 1,000 2008
=154 Barbados 1,000 2008
=154 Belize 1,000 2008
=154 Sao Tome and Principe 1,000 1999
=154 The Gambia 1,000 2008
=154 Cape Verde 1,000 2008
=154 The Bahamas 1,000 2008
=154 Equatorial Guinea 1,000 2008
162 Seychelles 450 2008
163 Iceland 130 2008
=164 Haiti 0.0 2008
=164 Antigua and Barbuda 0.0 2008

Citation

"Countries Compared by Military > Armed forces personnel > Total. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", International Institute for Strategic Studies, The Military Balance. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Military/Armed-forces-personnel/Total

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