United Kingdom: Armed forces

(measure: people; Source: International Institute for Strategic Studies)
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United Kingdom: Armed forces personnel, 1985 - 2019:

For that indicator, we provide data for the United Kingdom from 1985 to 2019. The average value for the United Kingdom during that period was 209659 people with a minimum of 148000 people in 2017 and a maximum of 334000 people in 1985. The latest value from 2019 is 149000 people. For comparison, the world average in 2019 based on 166 countries is 164054 people. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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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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