* indicates monthly or quarterly data series

Armed forces personnel, 2020:

The average for 2020 based on 167 countries was 162240 people. The highest value was in India: 3068000 people and the lowest value was in Antigua and Barbuda: 0 people. The indicator is available from 1985 to 2020. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: people; Source: International Institute for Strategic Studies
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* indicates monthly or quarterly data series


Countries Armed forces, 2020 Global rank Available data
India 3068000 1 1985 - 2020
China 2535000 2 1985 - 2020
North Korea 1469000 3 1985 - 2020
Russia 1454000 4 1992 - 2020
USA 1395000 5 1985 - 2020
Pakistan 943000 6 1985 - 2020
Egypt 836000 7 1985 - 2020
Brazil 762000 8 1985 - 2020
Indonesia 676000 9 1985 - 2020
Iran 650000 10 1985 - 2020
South Korea 569000 11 1985 - 2020
Vietnam 522000 12 1985 - 2020
Turkey 512000 13 1985 - 2020
Burma 463000 14 1985 - 2020
Iraq 459000 15 1985 - 2020
Thailand 455000 16 1985 - 2020
Colombia 428000 17 1985 - 2020
Venezuela 343000 18 1985 - 2020
Mexico 341000 19 1985 - 2020
Italy 338000 20 1985 - 2020
Algeria 326000 21 1985 - 2020
Sri Lanka 317000 22 1985 - 2020
France 304000 23 1985 - 2020
Ukraine 298000 24 1992 - 2020
Saudi Arabia 282000 25 1985 - 2020
Syria 269000 26 1985 - 2020
Japan 261000 27 1985 - 2020
Morocco 246000 28 1985 - 2020
Bangladesh 227000 29 1985 - 2020
Nigeria 223000 30 1985 - 2020
Eritrea 202000 31 1993 - 2020
Spain 199000 32 1985 - 2020
Cambodia 191000 33 1985 - 2020
Poland 189000 34 1985 - 2020
Germany 183000 35 1985 - 2020
Israel 178000 36 1985 - 2020
Afghanistan 165000 37 1985 - 2020
Belarus 158000 38 1992 - 2020
Peru 158000 39 1985 - 2020
Philippines 157000 40 1985 - 2020
UK 153000 41 1985 - 2020
Greece 147000 42 1985 - 2020
Sudan 144000 43 1985 - 2020
Ethiopia 138000 44 1985 - 2020
Malaysia 136000 45 1985 - 2020
DR Congo 134000 46 1985 - 2020
Laos 129000 47 1985 - 2020
Romania 128000 48 1985 - 2020
Angola 117000 49 1985 - 2020
Jordan 116000 50 1985 - 2020
Chile 114000 51 1985 - 2020
Nepal 112000 52 1985 - 2020
Argentina 103000 53 1985 - 2020
South Africa 89000 54 1985 - 2020
Azerbaijan 82000 55 1992 - 2020
Lebanon 80000 56 1985 - 2020
Canada 72000 57 1985 - 2020
Bolivia 71000 58 1985 - 2020
Domin. Rep. 71000 59 1985 - 2020
Kazakhstan 71000 60 1993 - 2020
Uzbekistan 68000 61 1992 - 2020
UA Emirates 63000 62 1985 - 2020
Australia 60000 63 1985 - 2020
Singapore 59000 64 1985 - 2020
Turkmenistan 57000 65 1992 - 2020
Portugal 52000 66 1985 - 2020
Zimbabwe 51000 67 1985 - 2020
Tunisia 48000 68 1985 - 2020
Armenia 47000 69 1992 - 2020
Oman 47000 70 1985 - 2020
Hungary 46000 71 1985 - 2020
Uganda 46000 72 1985 - 2020
Chad 45000 73 1985 - 2020
Guatemala 43000 74 1985 - 2020
Ecuador 42000 75 1985 - 2020
El Salvador 42000 76 1985 - 2020
Mali 41000 77 1985 - 2020
Netherlands 41000 78 1985 - 2020
Yemen 40000 79 1985 - 2020
Bulgaria 37000 80 1985 - 2020
Lithuania 37000 81 1992 - 2020
Rwanda 35000 82 1985 - 2020
Cameroon 34000 83 1985 - 2020
Serbia 32000 84 1989 - 2020
Burundi 31000 85 1985 - 2020
Paraguay 29000 86 1985 - 2020
Panama 28000 87 1985 - 2020
Tanzania 28000 88 1985 - 2020
Czechia 27000 89 1993 - 2020
Ivory Coast 27000 90 1989 - 2020
Georgia 26000 91 1993 - 2020
Kuwait 25000 92 1985 - 2020
Norway 25000 93 1985 - 2020
Belgium 24000 94 1985 - 2020
Kenya 24000 95 1985 - 2020
Austria 23000 96 1985 - 2020
Honduras 23000 97 1985 - 2020
Finland 22000 98 1985 - 2020
Madagascar 22000 99 1985 - 2020
Qatar 22000 100 1985 - 2020
Uruguay 22000 101 1985 - 2020
Kyrgyzstan 21000 102 1992 - 2020
Mauritania 21000 103 1985 - 2020
Croatia 20000 104 1992 - 2020
Switzerland 20000 105 1985 - 2020
Bahrain 19000 106 1985 - 2020
Senegal 19000 107 1985 - 2020
Mongolia 18000 108 1985 - 2020
Slovakia 18000 109 1993 - 2020
Tajikistan 17000 110 1992 - 2020
Ghana 16000 111 1985 - 2020
Namibia 16000 112 1991 - 2020
North Macedonia 16000 113 1992 - 2020
Zambia 16000 114 1985 - 2020
Denmark 15000 115 1985 - 2020
Malawi 15000 116 1985 - 2020
Sweden 15000 117 1985 - 2020
Somalia 14000 118 1985 - 2020
Cyprus 13000 119 1985 - 2020
Djibouti 13000 120 1985 - 2020
Guinea 13000 121 1985 - 2020
Benin 12000 122 1985 - 2020
Montenegro 12000 123 2006 - 2020
Nicaragua 12000 124 1985 - 2020
R. of Congo 12000 125 1985 - 2020
Bosnia & Herz. 11000 126 1992 - 2020
Burkina Faso 11000 127 1985 - 2020
Mozambique 11000 128 1985 - 2020
C.A. Republic 10000 129 1985 - 2020
Costa Rica 10000 130 1985 - 2020
New Zealand 10000 131 1985 - 2020
Niger 10000 132 1985 - 2020
Togo 10000 133 1985 - 2020
Botswana 9000 134 1985 - 2020
Ireland 9000 135 1985 - 2020
Latvia 9000 136 1992 - 2020
Sierra Leone 9000 137 1985 - 2020
Albania 8000 138 1985 - 2020
Brunei 8000 139 1985 - 2020
Estonia 7000 140 1992 - 2020
Gabon 7000 141 1985 - 2020
Slovenia 7000 142 1992 - 2020
Jamaica 6000 143 1985 - 2020
Moldova 6000 144 1992 - 2020
Tr.&Tobago 5000 145 1985 - 2020
Fiji 4000 146 1985 - 2020
Gambia 4000 147 1985 - 2020
G.-Bissau 4000 148 1985 - 2020
Papua N.G. 4000 149 1985 - 2020
Guyana 3000 150 1985 - 2020
Mauritius 3000 151 1985 - 2020
Bahamas 2000 152 1985 - 2020
Belize 2000 153 1985 - 2020
Lesotho 2000 154 1985 - 2020
Liberia 2000 155 1985 - 2020
Malta 2000 156 1985 - 2020
Suriname 2000 157 1985 - 2020
Barbados 1000 158 1985 - 2020
Cape Verde 1000 159 1985 - 2020
Eq. Guinea 1000 160 1985 - 2020
Haiti 1000 161 1985 - 2020
Luxembourg 1000 162 1985 - 2020
Ant.& Barb. 0 163 1985 - 2020
Iceland 0 164 1995 - 2020
Libya 0 165 1985 - 2020
Palestine 0 166 2005 - 2020
Seychelles 0 167 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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