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Armed forces personnel, 2020:

The average for 2020 based on 43 countries was 351605 people. The highest value was in India: 3068000 people and the lowest value was in Palestine: 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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Countries Armed forces, 2020 Global rank Available data
India 3068000 1 1985 - 2020
China 2535000 2 1985 - 2020
North Korea 1469000 3 1985 - 2020
Pakistan 943000 4 1985 - 2020
Indonesia 676000 5 1985 - 2020
Iran 650000 6 1985 - 2020
South Korea 569000 7 1985 - 2020
Vietnam 522000 8 1985 - 2020
Burma 463000 9 1985 - 2020
Iraq 459000 10 1985 - 2020
Thailand 455000 11 1985 - 2020
Sri Lanka 317000 12 1985 - 2020
Saudi Arabia 282000 13 1985 - 2020
Syria 269000 14 1985 - 2020
Japan 261000 15 1985 - 2020
Bangladesh 227000 16 1985 - 2020
Cambodia 191000 17 1985 - 2020
Israel 178000 18 1985 - 2020
Afghanistan 165000 19 1985 - 2020
Philippines 157000 20 1985 - 2020
Malaysia 136000 21 1985 - 2020
Laos 129000 22 1985 - 2020
Jordan 116000 23 1985 - 2020
Nepal 112000 24 1985 - 2020
Azerbaijan 82000 25 1992 - 2020
Lebanon 80000 26 1985 - 2020
Kazakhstan 71000 27 1993 - 2020
Uzbekistan 68000 28 1992 - 2020
UA Emirates 63000 29 1985 - 2020
Singapore 59000 30 1985 - 2020
Turkmenistan 57000 31 1992 - 2020
Armenia 47000 32 1992 - 2020
Oman 47000 33 1985 - 2020
Yemen 40000 34 1985 - 2020
Georgia 26000 35 1993 - 2020
Kuwait 25000 36 1985 - 2020
Qatar 22000 37 1985 - 2020
Kyrgyzstan 21000 38 1992 - 2020
Bahrain 19000 39 1985 - 2020
Mongolia 18000 40 1985 - 2020
Tajikistan 17000 41 1992 - 2020
Brunei 8000 42 1985 - 2020
Palestine 0 43 2005 - 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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