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Armed forces personnel, 2020:

The average for 2020 based on 18 countries was 196722 people. The highest value was in Egypt: 836000 people and the lowest value was in Libya: 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
Egypt 836000 1 1985 - 2020
Iran 650000 2 1985 - 2020
Iraq 459000 3 1985 - 2020
Algeria 326000 4 1985 - 2020
Saudi Arabia 282000 5 1985 - 2020
Syria 269000 6 1985 - 2020
Morocco 246000 7 1985 - 2020
Jordan 116000 8 1985 - 2020
Lebanon 80000 9 1985 - 2020
UA Emirates 63000 10 1985 - 2020
Tunisia 48000 11 1985 - 2020
Oman 47000 12 1985 - 2020
Yemen 40000 13 1985 - 2020
Kuwait 25000 14 1985 - 2020
Qatar 22000 15 1985 - 2020
Bahrain 19000 16 1985 - 2020
Djibouti 13000 17 1985 - 2020
Libya 0 18 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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