Afghanistan: Armed forces

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 Afghanistan

Armed forces personnel

 Latest value 165,000
 Year 2020
 Measure people
 Data availability 1985 - 2020
 Average 213,837
 Min - Max 27,000 - 429,000
 Source International Institute for Strategic Studies
For that indicator, we provide data for Afghanistan from 1985 to 2020. The average value for Afghanistan during that period was 213837 people with a minimum of 27000 people in 2004 and a maximum of 429000 people in 1996. The latest value from 2020 is 165000 people. For comparison, the world average in 2020 based on 167 countries is 162240 people. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
Afghanistan - Armed forces - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Afghanistan - Armed forces - historical chart - 1985-2020




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.

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 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Military spending 0.28 2021 billion U.S. dollars
 Military spending, percent of GDP 1.83 2021 percent
 Military spending, percent of government spending 4.97 2020 percent
 Armed forces 165,000 2020 people
 Armed forces, percent of labor force 1.81 2020 percent
 Arms exports 1.00 1992 million U.S. dollars
 Arms imports 65.00 2021 dollars
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