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Armed forces personnel, 2020:

The average for 2020 based on 11 countries was 533091 people. The highest value was in India: 3068000 people and the lowest value was in Brunei: 8000 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
Indonesia 676000 2 1985 - 2020
Vietnam 522000 3 1985 - 2020
Burma 463000 4 1985 - 2020
Thailand 455000 5 1985 - 2020
Cambodia 191000 6 1985 - 2020
Philippines 157000 7 1985 - 2020
Malaysia 136000 8 1985 - 2020
Laos 129000 9 1985 - 2020
Singapore 59000 10 1985 - 2020
Brunei 8000 11 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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