Armed forces personnel, total - Country Ranking

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

Source: International Institute for Strategic Studies, The Military Balance.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 China 2,843,000.00 2015
2 India 2,798,800.00 2015
3 Russia 1,490,000.00 2015
4 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 1,379,000.00 2015
5 United States 1,347,300.00 2015
6 Pakistan 935,800.00 2015
7 Egypt 835,500.00 2015
8 Brazil 729,500.00 2015
9 Indonesia 675,500.00 2015
10 Korea 634,500.00 2015
11 Iran 563,000.00 2015
12 Vietnam 522,000.00 2015
13 Myanmar 513,250.00 2015
14 Turkey 512,000.00 2015
15 Colombia 481,100.00 2015
16 Thailand 454,550.00 2015
17 Italy 356,850.00 2015
18 Mexico 336,050.00 2015
19 Afghanistan 319,400.00 2015
20 Algeria 317,200.00 2015
21 France 306,350.00 2015
22 Syrian Arab Republic 277,500.00 2015
23 Sri Lanka 265,200.00 2015
24 Venezuela 265,000.00 2015
25 Sudan 264,300.00 2015
26 Japan 259,800.00 2015
27 Ukraine 256,000.00 2015
28 Saudi Arabia 251,500.00 2015
29 Morocco 245,800.00 2015
30 Bangladesh 220,950.00 2015
31 Iraq 209,000.00 2015
32 Eritrea 201,750.00 2015
33 Nigeria 200,000.00 2015
34 Spain 199,950.00 2015
35 Cambodia 191,300.00 2015
36 Israel 184,500.00 2015
37 Germany 177,300.00 2015
38 Poland 172,700.00 2015
39 Philippines 165,500.00 2015
40 Nepal 158,600.00 2015
41 Belarus 158,000.00 2015
41 Peru 158,000.00 2015
43 United Kingdom 152,350.00 2015
44 Romania 150,400.00 2015
45 Singapore 147,600.00 2015
46 Greece 146,950.00 2015
47 Ethiopia 138,000.00 2015
48 Dem. Rep. Congo 134,250.00 2015
49 Malaysia 133,600.00 2015
50 Lao PDR 129,100.00 2015
51 Angola 117,000.00 2015
52 Jordan 115,500.00 2015
53 Chile 109,450.00 2015
54 Argentina 105,450.00 2015
55 South Africa 82,150.00 2015
56 Azerbaijan 81,950.00 2015
57 Lebanon 80,000.00 2015
58 Cuba 75,500.00 2015
59 Portugal 73,600.00 2015
60 Bolivia 71,200.00 2015
61 Dominican Republic 71,050.00 2015
62 Kazakhstan 70,500.00 2015
63 Uzbekistan 68,000.00 2015
64 Canada 67,500.00 2015
65 United Arab Emirates 63,000.00 2015
66 Australia 57,800.00 2015
67 Zimbabwe 50,800.00 2015
68 Armenia 49,100.00 2015
69 Tunisia 47,800.00 2015
70 Bulgaria 47,300.00 2015
71 Oman 47,000.00 2015
72 Uganda 46,400.00 2015
73 Guatemala 43,050.00 2015
74 El Salvador 41,500.00 2015
75 Netherlands 41,310.00 2015
76 Burundi 41,000.00 2015
77 Ecuador 40,750.00 2015
78 Chad 39,850.00 2015
79 Hungary 38,500.00 2015
80 Turkmenistan 36,500.00 2015
81 Belgium 36,350.00 2015
82 Rwanda 35,000.00 2015
83 Sweden 30,550.00 2015
84 Kenya 29,100.00 2015
85 Tanzania 28,400.00 2015
86 Lithuania 28,330.00 2015
87 Serbia 28,150.00 2015
88 Georgia 26,050.00 2015
89 Uruguay 25,450.00 2015
89 Paraguay 25,450.00 2015
91 Czech Republic 25,050.00 2015
92 Côte d'Ivoire 25,000.00 2015
93 Norway 24,950.00 2015
94 Finland 24,900.00 2015
95 Cameroon 23,400.00 2015
96 Kuwait 22,600.00 2015
97 Panama 22,050.00 2015
98 Madagascar 21,600.00 2015
99 Austria 21,350.00 2015
100 Switzerland 20,950.00 2015
101 Mauritania 20,850.00 2015
102 Kyrgyz Republic 20,400.00 2015
103 Yemen 20,000.00 2015
104 Somalia 19,800.00 2015
105 Bahrain 19,460.00 2015
106 Honduras 18,700.00 2015
107 Senegal 18,600.00 2015
108 Croatia 18,550.00 2015
109 Mongolia 17,500.00 2015
110 Denmark 16,600.00 2015
111 Zambia 16,500.00 2015
112 Tajikistan 16,300.00 2015
113 Slovak Republic 15,850.00 2015
114 Mali 15,800.00 2015
115 Macedonia 15,600.00 2015
116 Ghana 15,500.00 2015
117 Namibia 15,200.00 2015
118 Slovenia 13,200.00 2015
119 Djibouti 12,950.00 2015
120 Cyprus 12,750.00 2015
121 Guinea 12,300.00 2015
122 Montenegro 12,050.00 2015
123 Nicaragua 12,000.00 2015
123 Congo 12,000.00 2015
125 Qatar 11,800.00 2015
126 Burkina Faso 11,450.00 2015
127 Mozambique 11,200.00 2015
128 Niger 10,700.00 2015
129 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10,500.00 2015
130 Costa Rica 9,800.00 2015
131 Benin 9,750.00 2015
132 Togo 9,300.00 2015
133 Brunei 9,250.00 2015
134 Ireland 9,100.00 2015
135 Botswana 9,000.00 2015
136 New Zealand 8,950.00 2015
137 Albania 8,500.00 2015
137 Sierra Leone 8,500.00 2015
139 Central African Republic 8,150.00 2015
140 Moldova 7,550.00 2015
141 Malawi 6,800.00 2015
142 Gabon 6,700.00 2015
143 Estonia 6,400.00 2015
144 Bhutan 6,000.00 2000
145 Latvia 5,310.00 2015
146 Guinea-Bissau 4,450.00 2015
147 Trinidad and Tobago 4,050.00 2015
148 Fiji 3,500.00 2015
149 Jamaica 3,450.00 2015
150 Guyana 3,400.00 2015
151 Swaziland 3,000.00 1999
152 Mauritius 2,550.00 2015
153 Malta 2,130.00 2015
154 Liberia 2,050.00 2015
155 Lesotho 2,000.00 2015
156 Suriname 1,940.00 2015
157 Papua New Guinea 1,900.00 2015
158 Luxembourg 1,500.00 2015
158 Belize 1,500.00 2015
160 Timor-Leste 1,330.00 2015
161 Equatorial Guinea 1,320.00 2015
162 The Bahamas 1,300.00 2015
163 Cabo Verde 1,200.00 2015
164 São Tomé and Principe 1,000.00 1999
165 Seychelles 840.00 2015
166 The Gambia 800.00 2015
167 Barbados 610.00 2015
168 Iceland 250.00 2015
169 Antigua and Barbuda 180.00 2015
170 Haiti 120.00 2015
171 Libya 0.00 2014

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Development Relevance: Although national defense is an important function of government and security from external threats that contributes to economic development, high military expenditures for defense or civil conflicts burden the economy and may impede growth. Data on military expenditures are a rough indicator of the portion of national resources used for military activities and of the burden on the economy. Comparisons of military spending among countries should take into account the many factors that influence perceptions of vulnerability and risk, including historical and cultural traditions, the length of borders that need defending, the quality of relations with neighbors, and the role of the armed forces in the body politic.

Limitations and Exceptions: Data excludes personnel not on active duty, therefore it underestimates the share of the labor force working for the defense establishment. Governments rarely report the size of their armed forces, so such data typically come from intelligence sources. Unless otherwise indicated, the reserves includes all reservists committed to rejoining the armed forces in an emergency, except when national reserve service obligations following conscription last almost a lifetime.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Military data on manpower represent quantitative assessment of the personnel strengths of the world's armed forces. The numbers are based on the most accurate data available to, or, on the best estimate that can be made by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) at the time of its annual publication. The IISS collects the data from national governments. Armed forces personnel comprise all servicemen and women on full-time duty (including conscripts and long-term assignments from the Reserves). Reserve describes formations and units not fully manned or operational in peacetime, but which can be mobilized by recalling reservists in an emergency. IISS estimates of effective reservist strengths on the numbers available within five years of completing full-time service, unless there is good evidence that obligations are enforced for longer. The indicator includes paramilitary forces. The source of the data (IISS) reports armed forces and paramilitary forces separately, however these figures are added for the purpose of computing this series. Home Guard units are counted as paramilitary.

Aggregation method: Sum

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: Data for some countries are based on partial or uncertain data or rough estimates.