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Armed forces personnel, 2020:

The average for 2020 based on 44 countries was 38159 people. The highest value was in Nigeria: 223000 people and the lowest value was in the Seychelles: 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
Nigeria 223000 1 1985 - 2020
Eritrea 202000 2 1993 - 2020
Sudan 144000 3 1985 - 2020
Ethiopia 138000 4 1985 - 2020
DR Congo 134000 5 1985 - 2020
Angola 117000 6 1985 - 2020
South Africa 89000 7 1985 - 2020
Zimbabwe 51000 8 1985 - 2020
Uganda 46000 9 1985 - 2020
Chad 45000 10 1985 - 2020
Mali 41000 11 1985 - 2020
Rwanda 35000 12 1985 - 2020
Cameroon 34000 13 1985 - 2020
Burundi 31000 14 1985 - 2020
Tanzania 28000 15 1985 - 2020
Ivory Coast 27000 16 1989 - 2020
Kenya 24000 17 1985 - 2020
Madagascar 22000 18 1985 - 2020
Mauritania 21000 19 1985 - 2020
Senegal 19000 20 1985 - 2020
Ghana 16000 21 1985 - 2020
Namibia 16000 22 1991 - 2020
Zambia 16000 23 1985 - 2020
Malawi 15000 24 1985 - 2020
Somalia 14000 25 1985 - 2020
Guinea 13000 26 1985 - 2020
Benin 12000 27 1985 - 2020
R. of Congo 12000 28 1985 - 2020
Burkina Faso 11000 29 1985 - 2020
Mozambique 11000 30 1985 - 2020
C.A. Republic 10000 31 1985 - 2020
Niger 10000 32 1985 - 2020
Togo 10000 33 1985 - 2020
Botswana 9000 34 1985 - 2020
Sierra Leone 9000 35 1985 - 2020
Gabon 7000 36 1985 - 2020
Gambia 4000 37 1985 - 2020
G.-Bissau 4000 38 1985 - 2020
Mauritius 3000 39 1985 - 2020
Lesotho 2000 40 1985 - 2020
Liberia 2000 41 1985 - 2020
Cape Verde 1000 42 1985 - 2020
Eq. Guinea 1000 43 1985 - 2020
Seychelles 0 44 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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