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Military and security service personnel strengths

This entry provides estimates of military and security services personnel strengths. The numbers are based on a wide-range of publicly available information. Unless otherwise noted, military estimates focus on the major services (army, navy, air force, and where applicable, gendarmeries) and do not account for activated reservists or delineate military service members assigned to joint staffs or defense ministries.

  • Afghanistan

    Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have approximately 290,000 active personnel; Ministry of Defense: 185,000; Ministry of Interior: 105,000 (2020)

    note: the authorized strength of the ANDSF, the force level that the international community is willing to fund, is 352,000 personnel

  • Albania

    the Albanian military has approximately 7,000 total active duty personnel (5,500 Army; 1,000 Navy; 500 Air Force) (2020 est.)

  • Algeria

    the Algerian People's National Army (ANP) has approximately 130,000 total active personnel (110,000 Army; 6,000 Navy; 14,000 Air Force); est. 40,000 Gendarmerie

    (2019 est.)

  • Angola

    the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) are comprised of approximately 107,000 active troops (100,000 Army; 1,000 Navy; 6,000 Air Force); est. 10,000 Rapid Reaction Police (2019)

  • Antigua and Barbuda

    the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force (ABDF) has approximately 200 active personnel (2019 est.)

  • Argentina

    Argentina's armed forces have approximately 75,000 (45,000 Army; 17,000 Navy; 13,000 Air Force); est. 18,000 Gendarmerie (2019 est.)

  • Armenia

    the Armenian Armed Forces have approximately 45,000 active troops (42,000 Army; 3,000 Air Force/Air Defense) (2019 est.)

  • Australia

    the Australian Defense Force has approximately 60,000 total active troops (30,800 Army; 14,700 Navy; 14,300 Air Force) (2019 est.)

  • Austria

    the Austrian Armed Forces have approximately 23,000 total active duty personnel (13,000 Land Forces; 2,500 Air Force; 7,500 support) (2019 est.)

  • Azerbaijan

    the Azerbaijan military has approximately 67,000 total active personnel; 56,000 Army; 2,500 Navy; 8,500 Air Force) (2019 est.)

  • Bahamas, The

    the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF) has approximately 1,300 total personnel (2019 est.)

  • Bahrain

    size assessments for the Bahrain Defense Force vary; approximately 10,000 active personnel (7,500 Army; 1,000 Navy; 1,500 Air Force); est. 2,500 National Guard

    (2019 est.)

  • Bangladesh

    estimates of the size of the Bangladesh Defense Force vary; approximately 165,000 total active personnel (135,000 Army; 16,000 Navy; 14,000 Air Force); approximately 38,000 Border Guards; approximately 12,000 Rapid Action Battalion (2020 est.)

  • Barbados

    the Royal Barbados Defense Force (RBDF) has approximately 550 active personnel (450 Barbados Regiment; 100 Coast Guard) (2019 est.)

  • Belarus

    the Belarus Armed Forces have approximately 45,000 active troops (29,000 Army, including Special Operations Force; 16,000 Air and Air Defense) (2020 est.)

  • Belgium

    the Belgian Armed Forces have approximately 26,000 active duty personnel (10,500 Army; 1,500 Navy; 5,000 Air Force; 1,000 Medical Service; 8,000 other, including joint staff, support, and training schools) (2020)

  • Belize

    the Belize Defense Force (BDF) has approximately 1,300 active Army personnel; 150 Belize Coast Guard (2019 est.)

  • Benin

    the Benin Armed Forces (FAB) are comprised of approximately 7,200 active duty troops (6,500 Army; 500 Navy; 200 Air Force); est. 5,000 Republican Police (2019)

  • Bermuda

    the Royal Bermuda Regiment has 340 troops (2021)

  • Bhutan

    the Royal Bhutan Army has approximately 8,000 personnel (2019 est.)

  • Bolivia

    size assessments for the Bolivian Armed Forces vary; approximately 39,000 total active troops (26,000 Army; 5,500 Navy; 7,500 Air Force) (2019 est.)

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina have approximately 9,200 active duty personnel (2019)

  • Botswana

    the Botswana Defense Force (BDF) has approximately 9,000 active personnel (8,500 Ground; 500 Air) (2019)

  • Brazil

    size assessments for the Brazilian Armed Forces vary; approximately 360,000 active personnel (215,000 Army; 75,000 Navy; 70,000 Air Force) (2019 est.)

  • Brunei

    the Royal Brunei Armed Forces is comprised of approximately 6,800 total active troops (4,500 Army; 1,200 Navy; 1,100 Air Force) (2019)

  • Bulgaria

    the Bulgarian Armed Forces have approximately 26,000 active duty personnel (16,000 Army; 3,500 Navy; 6,500 Air Force) (2020 est.)

  • Burkina Faso

    the Armed Forces of Burkina Faso (FABF) have approximately 12,000 personnel (7,000 Army; 500 Air Force; 4,500 National Gendarmerie) (2019 est.)

  • Burma

    estimates of the Burmese Defense Service (Tatmadaw) vary widely; approximately 380,000 total active troops (est. 340,000 Army; 20,000 Navy; 20,000 Air Force); est. 35,000 People’s Militia

    (2019)

  • Burundi

    the National Defense Forces (FDN) have approximately 25,000 active duty Army troops (includes small air and maritime wings) (2019 est.)

  • Cabo Verde

    the Cabo Verdean Armed Forces (FACV) consist of approximately 1,100 Army (includes an air component of about 100 personnel) and 100 Coast Guard active duty troops (2019)

  • Cambodia

    estimates for the size of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces vary widely; approximately 110,000 total active troops including about 3,000 Navy and 1,000 Air Force; 10,000 Gendarmerie (2020)

  • Cameroon

    size assessments for the Cameroon Armed Forces (FAC) vary widely; approximately 40,000 active duty troops; (25,000 Army, including the Presidential Guard; 2,000 Navy; 1,000 Air Force; 12,000 Gendarmerie) (2019 est.)

  • Canada

    the Canadian Armed Forces have approximately 66,000 total active personnel (23,000 Army; 8,000 Navy; 12,000 Air Force; 23,000 other uniformed personnel) (2020 est.)

  • Central African Republic

    the Central African Armed Forces (FACA) have an estimated 8,000 Army troops (including an Air Service component of about 150) and about 1,500 Gendarmerie (2019)

  • Chad

    estimates for the size of the Chadian National Army (ANT) vary; approximately 35,000 active personnel (30,000 Ground Forces; 300 Air Force; 4,500 General Direction of the Security Services of State Institutions); 5,000 National Gendarmerie; 3,500 National Nomadic Guard of Chad (2019)

  • Chile

    the Armed Forces of Chile have approximately 80,000 active personnel (45,000 Army; 22,000 Navy; 13,000 Air Force); approximately 45,000 Carabineros (2019 est.)

  • China

    assessments of the size of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) vary; approximately 2 million total active duty troops
    (est. 1.0 - 1.1 million Ground; 250,000 Navy/Marines; 350-375,000 Air Force; 120,000 Rocket Forces; 150-175,000 Strategic Support Forces); 600-650,000 People’s Armed Police (2020)

  • Colombia

    size estimates for the Military Forces of Colombia (FMC) vary; approximately 295,000 total active troops (235,000 Army; 45,000 Navy, including about 22,000 marines; 14,000 Air Force) (2019 )

  • Comoros

    Comoran Defense Force has an estimated 600 personnel; est. 500 Comoran Federal Police

  • Congo, Democratic Republic of the

    size estimates for the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) vary widely because of inconsistent and unreliable data, as well as the ongoing integration of various non-state armed groups/militias; approximately 100,000 active troops (80,000 Army; 7,000 Navy; 2,000 Air Force; 10,000 Republican Guard) (2019 est.)

  • Congo, Republic of the

    the Congolese Armed Forces (FAC) have an estimated 12,000 active duty troops (8,000 Army; 800 Navy; 1-1,200 Air Force; 2,000 Gendarmerie) (2019 est.)

  • Costa Rica

    the Public Forces of Costa Rica have approximately 12,000 personnel (2019 est.)

  • Cote d'Ivoire

    the Armed Forces of Cote d’Ivoire have approximately 25,000 active troops (23,000 Army; 1,000 Navy; 1,000 Air Force) (2019 est.)

  • Croatia

    the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia have approximately 15,000 active duty personnel (10,000 Army; 1,500 Navy; 1,500 Air force; 2,000 joint) (2020 est.)

  • Cuba

    the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) of Cuba have approximately 50,000 active personnel (39,000 Army; 3,000 Navy; 8,000 Air Force) (2019 est.)

  • Cyprus

    the Cypriot National Guard has approximately 13-15,000 total active duty personnel (2019 est.)

  • Czechia

    the Czech military has approximately 26,000 active personnel (20,000 Army; 6,000 Air Force) (2020 est.)

  • Denmark

    the Danish military has approximately 18,000 active duty personnel (8,500 Army; 3,500 Navy; 3,500 Air Force; 2,500 joint) (2020 est.)

  • Djibouti

    the Djibouti Armed Forces (FAD) have approximately 10,500 active troops (8,000 Army; 250 Naval; 250 Air; 2,000 Gendarmerie); 150 Coast Guard (2019 est.)

  • Dominican Republic

    the Armed Forces of the Dominican Republic have approximately 62,000 active personnel (33,000 Army; 12,000 Navy; 17,000 Air Force) (2019 est.)

  • Ecuador

    the Ecuadorian Armed Forces have approximately 40,000 active personnel (25,000 Army; 9,000 Navy; 6,000 Air Force) (2019 est.)

  • Egypt

    estimates of the size of the Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF) vary; approximately 450,000 total active personnel (325,000 Army; 18,500 Navy; 30,000 Air Force; 75,000 Air Defense Command) (2019)

  • El Salvador

    the Armed Force of El Salvador (FAES) has approximately 22,000 active troops (18,000 Army; 2,000 Navy; 2,000 Air Force) (2019 est.)

  • Equatorial Guinea

    the Equatorial Guinea Armed Forces (FAGE) have approximately 1,400 active duty troops (1,100 Army; 200 Navy; 100 Air Force) (2019)

  • Eritrea

    the Eritrean Defense Forces are comprised of an estimated 200,000 personnel, including about 2,000 in the naval and air forces; note – includes significant numbers of conscripts; it is unclear how many of the EDF’s 200,000 personnel are on active duty; many conscripts are reportedly not under arms (2019)

  • Estonia

    the Estonian Defense Forces have approximately 6,500 active duty personnel (5,500 Army; 500 Navy; 500 Air Force); est. 15,000 Estonian Defense League (2020 est.)

  • Eswatini

    the Umbutfo Eswatini Defense Force has approximately 3,100 active personnel (3,000 Army; 100 Air Force) (2020 est.)

  • Ethiopia

    estimates for the size of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) vary; approximately 150,000 active duty troops, including about 3,000 Air Force personnel (no personnel numbers available for the newly-reestablished Navy) (2020)

  • Fiji

    the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) have about 3,500 personnel (3,200 Land Force; 300 Maritime Command) (2019)

  • Finland

    estimates for the size of the Finnish Defense Forces (FDF) vary; approximately 23,000 total active duty personnel (16,000 Army; 4,000 Navy; 3,000 Air Force) (2019 est.)

  • France

    the French military has approximately 205,000 active duty troops (115,000 Army; 35,000 Navy; 40,000 Air Force; 15,000 other, such as joint staffs, medical service, etc.); approximately 100,000 National Gendarmerie (2020)

  • Gabon

    the Gabonese Defense Forces (FDG) are comprised of approximately 6,500 active duty troops (3,000 Land Forces; 500 Navy; 1,000 Air Force; 2,000 Gendarmerie) (2019)

  • Gambia, The

    estimates for the size of the Gambian National Army (GNA) vary; approximately 3,000 active troops (2019 est.)

  • Gaza Strip

    the military wing of HAMAS, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, has an estimated 15-25,000 fighters (2019 est.)

  • Georgia

    estimates for the size of the Georgian Defense Forces vary; approximately 25,000 active troops, including the National Guard (2019 est.)

  • Germany

    the German Federal Armed Forces have approximately 180,000 active duty personnel (62,000 Army; 16,000 Navy; 28,000 Air Force; 27,000 Joint Support Service; 20,000 Medical Service, 13,000 Cyber and Information Space Command; 14,000 other) (2020)

  • Ghana

    the Ghana Armed Forces consists of approximately 14,000 active personnel (10,000 Army; 2,000 Navy; 2,000 Air Force) (2019)

  • Greece

    the Hellenic Armed Forces have approximately 130,000 active duty personnel (90,000 Army; 15,000 Navy; 25,000 Air Force); approximately 35,000 National Guard (2020)

  • Guatemala

    assessments of the size of the Army of Guatemala vary; approximately 21,500 active personnel (19,000 Land Forces; 1,500 Naval Forces; 1,000 Air Forces); approximately 30,000 National Civil Police (2019 est.)

  • Guinea

    Guinean National Armed Forces are comprised of approximately 13,000 active personnel (est. 9,000 Army; 400 Navy; 800 Air Force; 1,400 Gendarmerie; 1,600 Republican Guard) (2019)

  • Guinea-Bissau

    the People's Revolutionary Armed Force (FARP) has approximately 4,400 active troops (4,000 Army; 300 Navy; 100 Air Force) (2019)

  • Guyana

    the Guyana Defense Force has approximately 3,000 active personnel (2019 est.)

  • Haiti

    the country's army is planned to eventually number around 5,000 personnel (2019 est.)

  • Honduras

    the Honduran Armed Forces (FFAA) have approximately 15,500 active personnel (7,500 Army; 1,500 Navy; 2,500 Air Force; 4,000 Public Order Military Police) (2019 )

  • Hungary

    the Hungarian Defense Forces have approximately 23,000 active duty troops (18,000 Army; 5,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • Iceland

    the Icelandic Coast Guard has approximately 250 personnel (2019 est.)

  • India

    assessments of the size of the Indian Armed Forces vary; approximately 1.45 million active personnel (est. 1.25 million Army; 66,000 Navy; 140,000 Air Force; 11,000 Coast Guard); est. 1.5 million paramilitary forces (Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Home Affairs) (2019)

  • Indonesia

    the Indonesian National Armed Forces have an estimated 395,000 active duty troops (300,000 Army; 65,000 Navy; 30,000 Air Force); the Police Mobile Brigade Corps (BRIMOB) has an estimated 14,000 personnel (2019)

  • Iran

    assessments of the size of the armed forces of Iran vary; approximately 600,000 total active personnel including 410,000 Islamic Republic of Iran Regular Forces (350,000 Ground Forces; 18,000 Navy; 45,000 Air Force/Air Defense Forces) and 190,000 Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (150,000 Ground Forces; 20,000 Navy; 15,000 Aerospace Force; 5,000 Qods Force); est. 90,000 active Basij Paramilitary Forces; est. 50,000 Law Enforcement Forces

    (2019 est.)

  • Iraq

    assessments of the size of the Iraqi military, security services, and associated militia forces vary widely; the military and the security services are rebuilding after suffering considerable losses in personnel and equipment fighting the ISIS terrorist group (see note) and are also attempting to incorporate local militia groups; approximately 190,000 active personnel (180,000 Army; 3,000 Navy; 5,000 Air Force); National-Level Security Forces: est. 10,000 Iraqi Counterterrorism Service; est. 10,000 Presidential Brigades; est. 6,000 Prime Minister’s Special Forces Division; other: est. 100-160,000 Popular Mobilization Forces; est. 150,000-200,000 Peshmerga Forces (2019 )

    note: Iraqi Army strength reportedly fell from about 200,000 personnel in 2009 to around 50,000 in 2016

  • Ireland

    the Irish Defence Forces have approximately 8,700 active duty personnel (7,000 Army; 1,000 Navy; 700 Air Force) (2019 est.)

  • Israel

    the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have approximately 173,000 active personnel (130,000 Ground Forces; 9,500 Naval; 34,000 Air Force) (2019 )

  • Italy

    the Italian Armed Forces have approximately 170,000 active personnel (100,000 Army; 30,000 Navy; 40,000 Air Force); approximately 107,000 Carabinieri (2020)

  • Jamaica

    assessments of the size of the the Jamaica Defense Forces vary; approximately 3,500 active personnel (3,000 Ground Forces; 300 Coast Guard; 200 Air Wing) (2019)

  • Japan

    the Japanese Self Defense Force (JSDF) is comprised of approximately 240,000 active personnel (145,000 Ground; 45,000 Maritime; 45,000 Air; 4,000 Joint Forces); 14,000 Coast Guard; 56,000 reserves

    (2019 est.)

  • Jordan

    the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) have approximately 101,000 active personnel (87,000 Army; 500 Navy; 14,000 Air Force); est. 15,000 Gendarmerie Forces (2019)

  • Kazakhstan

    estimates of the size of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan vary; approximately 45,000 active duty personnel (25,000 Army; 3,000 Navy; 14,000 Air and Air Defense; 3,000 other) (2019 est.)

  • Kenya

    the Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) are comprised of approximately 24,000 personnel (20,000 Army; 1,500 Navy; 2,500 Air Force); 5,000 Police General Services Unit (2019 est.)

  • Korea, North

    assessments of the size of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) vary widely; approximately 1.1-1.2 million active troops (950,000-1.0 million Army; 110-120,000 Air Force; 60,000 Navy; 10,000 Strategic Missile Forces); est. 200,000 Public Security forces (2019)

  • Korea, South

    the Republic of Korea Armed Forces have approximately 600,000 active duty personnel (465,000 Army; 70,000 Navy/Marines; 65,000 Air Force) (2019)

  • Kosovo

    the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) has approximately 3-4,000 personnel; note: Kosovo plans for the KSF to eventually number around 5,000 troops (2019)

  • Kuwait

    the Kuwaiti Armed Forces have approximately 17,000 active personnel (12,500 Army; 2,000 Navy; 2,500 Air Force); est. 6,500 National Guard; note – Army figures include the Kuwait Emiri Guard Authority (est. 500) and the 25th Commando Brigade (N/A) (2019 est.)

  • Kyrgyzstan

    the Kyrgyz Armed Forces have approximately 11,000 active duty troops (8,500 Land Forces; 2,500 Air Force/Air Defense) (2019 est.)

  • Laos

    information is limited and estimates for the size of the Lao People’s Armed Forces (LPAF) vary; approximately 30,000 active duty troops (26,000 Army; 4000 Air Force); approximately 100,000 Self-Defense Militia Forces (2020)

  • Latvia

    the National Armed Forces of Latvia have approximately 6,000 active duty troops (5,000 Land Forces; 500 Naval Force/Coast Guard; 500 Air Force) (2021)

  • Lebanon

    the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) have approximately 58,000 active troops (55,000 Army; 1,500 Navy; 1,500 AF); est. 20,000 Internal Security Forces (2019 est.)

  • Lesotho

    the Lesotho Defense Force (LDF) has approximately 2,000 personnel, including 150 for its air wing (2019 est.)

  • Liberia

    the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) have approximately 2,000 personnel (2019)

  • Libya

    the sizes of the forces of both the Government of National Accord and the Libyan National Army are unknown (2020 est.)

  • Lithuania

    the Lithuanian Armed Forces have approximately 16,000 active duty personnel (12,500 Army, including about 5,000 National Defense Voluntary Forces; 600 Navy; 1,000 Air Force; 2,000 other, including special operations forces, logistics support, training, etc); est. 11,000 Riflemen Union (2021)

  • Luxembourg

    the Luxembourg Army has approximately 900 active personnel (2020)

  • Madagascar

    the Peoples Armed Forces (PAF) have approximately 21,500 personnel (12,500 Army; 500 Navy; 500 Air Force; 8,000 Gendarmerie) (2019 est.)

  • Malawi

    size estimates for the Malawi Defense Force vary; approximately 8,000 personnel (including about 200 in the Air Wing and 200 in the Marine Unit) (2019 est.)

  • Malaysia

    the Malaysian Armed Forces have approximately 115,000 active duty troops (80,000 Army; 18,000 Navy; 17,000 Air Force); approximately 18,000 General Operations Force (2019 est.)

  • Maldives

    the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) has approximately 2,500 personnel (2019 est.)

  • Mali

    estimates for the size of the Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) vary; approximately 19,000 total troops (13,000 Army; 800 Air Force; 3,000 Gendarmerie; 2,000 National Guard) (2019 est.)

  • Malta

    the Armed Forces of Malta have approximately 2,000 active duty personnel (2019 est.)

  • Mauritania

    the Mauritanian Armed Forces have approximately 16,000 active personnel (15,000 Army; 700 Navy; 300 Air Force); est. 3,000 Gendarmerie; est. 2,000 National Guard) (2019)

  • Mauritius

    police paramilitary forces for Mauritius number about 2,500 (est. 1.700 Special Mobile Force; 800 National Coast Guard) (2019 est.)

  • Mexico

    the Mexican armed forces have approximately 270,000 active personnel (200,000 Army; 60,000 Navy; 8,000 Air Force); approximately 100,000 National Guard (2020)

  • Moldova

    estimates of the size of the Moldovan National Army vary; approximately 6,000 active troops (5,000 Land Forces; 1,000 Air Force) (2019 est.)

  • Mongolia

    size estimates for the the Mongolian Armed Forces (MAF) vary; approximately 8,000 active duty troops (7,000 Army; 800 Air Force); est. 6,000 Border Guard; est. 1,200 Internal Security Troops (2019)

  • Montenegro

    the Armed Forces of the Republic of Montenegro have approximately 2,000 total active duty troops (1,400 Army; 400 Navy; 200 Air Force) (2020)

  • Morocco

    the Royal Armed Forces have approximately 197,000 active personnel (175,000 Army; 9,000 Navy; 13,000 Air Force); est. 25,000 Gendarmerie (2019 est.)

  • Mozambique

    the Armed Defense Forces of Mozambique (FADM) are comprised of approximately 11,000 personnel (10,000 Army; 200 Navy; 1,000 Air Force) (2019 est.)

  • Namibia

    size assessments for the Namibian Defense Force (NDF) vary; approximately 13,000 personnel (11,000 Army; 1,000 Navy; 700 Air Force) (2019 est.)

  • Nepal

    the Nepal Army has approximately 95,000 active troops (including a small air wing of about 500 personnel); approximately 15,000 Nepal Armed Police (2019 est.)

  • Netherlands

    the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces have approximately 40,000 active duty personnel (18,000 Army; 8,500 Navy; 8,000 Air Force; 5,500 Constabulary) (2020)

  • New Zealand

    the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) has about 9,600 active duty troops (4,700 Army; 2,300 Navy; 2,600 Air Force) (2020)

  • Nicaragua

    the Army of Nicaragua has approximately 12,000 active personnel (10,000 Army; 800 Navy; 1,200 Air Force) (2019 est.)

  • Niger

    size estimates for the Nigerien Armed Forces (FAN) vary; approximately 10,000 active troops (est. 6,000 Army; 200 Air Force; 3,500 Gendarmerie); est. 3,000 National Guard (2019)

  • Nigeria

    size estimates for the Nigerian Armed Forces vary; approximately 135,000 active personnel (100,000 Army; 20,000 Navy/Coast Guard; 15,000 Air Force); est. 80,000 Security and Civil Defense Corps (2019)

  • North Macedonia

    the Army of the Republic of North Macedonia (ARSM) has approximately 6,000 active duty personnel (2020)

  • Norway

    the Norwegian Armed Forces have approximately 23,000 active personnel (8,500 Army; 3,500 Navy; 3,500 Air Force; 7,500 other, including special operations, cyber, joint staff, intelligence, logistics support, active Home Guard, etc.); 40,000 Home Guard (2021)

    note: the Home Guard has approximately 40,000 total personnel

  • Oman

    the Sultan's Armed Forces (SAF) have approximately 40,000 total active troops (25,000 Army, 4,200 Navy; 4,500 Air Force; 6,400 Royal Guard); 400 Coast Guard; 4,000 Tribal Home Guard (2019 )

  • Pakistan

    estimates of the size of the Pakistan military’s active force vary; approximately 650,000 active personnel (560,000 Army; 30,000 Navy; 60,000 Air Force); est. 70,000 Frontier Corps; est. 25,000 Pakistan Rangers (2019)

  • Panama

    the Panamanian Public Security Forces are comprised of approximately 26,000 personnel (20,000 National Police Force; 4,000 National Border Service; 2,000 National Air-Naval Service) (2019 est.)

  • Papua New Guinea

    the Papau New Guinea Defense Force has approximately 3,000 active duty troops (2,700 Ground; 200 Maritime; 100 Air) (2019)

  • Paraguay

    the Armed Forces of Paraguay have approximately 14,000 active personnel (8,500 Army; 3,000 Navy; 2,500 Air Force) (2019 est.)

  • Peru

    Peruvian military size estimates vary widely; approximately 95,000 active personnel (55,000 Army; 25,000 Navy; 15,000 Air Force) (2019 est.)

  • Philippines

    the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have approximately 130,000 active duty personnel (90,000 Army; 24,000 Navy; 16,000 Air Force);  note - the Navy includes about 8,500 marines)

    (2019 est.)

  • Poland

    the Polish Armed Forces have approximately 120,000 total active duty personnel (60,000 Army; 7,000 Navy; 17,000 Air Force; 3,500 Special Forces; 25,000 Territorial Defense Forces; 7,500 other) (2020)

    note - in June 2019, the Polish Government approved a plan to increase the size of the military by 50,000 troops over the coming decade

  • Portugal

    the Portuguese Armed Forces have approximately 28,000 active duty personnel (14,500 Army; 7,500 Navy; 6,000 Air Force); 24,500 National Republican Guard (military personnel) (2020)

  • Qatar

    size assessments for the Qatari Amiri military vary; approximately 14,000 active personnel (10,000 Land Force, including Emiri Guard; 2,000 Navy, including Coast Guard; 2,000 Air Force); est. 5,000 Internal Security Forces (2019)

  • Romania

    the Romanian Armed Forces have approximately 65,000 active duty personnel (48,000 Land Forces; 7,000 Naval Forces; 10,000 Air Force; note: some personnel are considered joint service) (2020)

  • Russia

    size estimates for the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation vary; approximately 900,000 total active duty troops (400,000 Ground Troops, including 40,000 Airborne Troops; 150,000 Navy; 200,000 Aerospace Forces; 60,000 Strategic Rocket Forces; 90,000 other uniformed personnel (special forces, command and control, support, etc.); est. 200-250,000 Federal National Guard Troops (2020)

  • Rwanda

    the Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) has approximately 32,500 active personnel (32,000 Army; 500 Air Force) (2019 est.)

  • Saudi Arabia

    the Saudi military forces have about 225,000 active troops; approximately 125,000 under the Ministry of Defense (75,000 Land Forces; 13,500 Naval Forces; 35,000 Air Force/Air Defense; 2,500 Strategic Missile Forces) and approximately 100,000 in the Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG) (2019 )

    note: SANG also has an irregular force (Fowj), primarily Bedouin tribal volunteers, with a total strength of approximately 25,000 men

  • Senegal

    the Senegalese Armed Forces (SAF) consist of approximately 19,000 active personnel (12,000 Army; 1,000 Navy/Coast Guard; 800 Air Force; 5,000 National Gendarmerie) (2019 est.)

  • Serbia

    size estimates for the Serbian Armed Forces vary; approximately 25,000 active duty troops (13,500 Land Forces; 5,000 Air/Air Defense; 1,500 Guards Brigade; 5,000 other, including training, logistics, intelligence, medical, and other support staff) (2019 est.)

  • Seychelles

    the Seychelles People’s Defence Forces (SPDF) is comprised of about 500 personnel (200 Land Forces; 200 Coast Guard; 100 Air Force) (2019)

  • Sierra Leone

    the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) is comprised of about 8,500 personnel, including an estimated 300 in the air and maritime wings (2019 est.)

  • Singapore

    the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) have approximately 62,000 active duty troops (45,000 Army; 7,000 Navy; 10,000 Air Force) (2019)

  • Slovakia

    the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic have approximately 13,000 active duty personnel (6,000 Land Forces; 4,000 Air Forces; 3,000 other, including central staff, special operations, and support forces) (2020)

  • Slovenia

    the Slovenian Armed Forces have approximately 7,000 active duty troops, including ground, air, and maritime elements (2020)

  • Somalia

    estimates of the size of Somali National Army (SNA) vary widely because of inconsistent and unreliable data, as well as the ongoing integration of various militias; as of January 2020, estimates ranged from approximately 10,500-20,000; note - in 2017, the Somali Government announced a plan for the SNA to eventually number 18,000 troops; the same plan called for 32,000 federal and regional police (2019 est.)

    note: the US-trained Danab ("Lightning") Brigade numbers about 1150 personnel as of Dec 2020; the unit intends to eventually have as many as 3,000 soldiers

  • South Africa

    the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is comprised of approximately 75,000 personnel (40,000 Army; 7,000 Navy; 10,000 Air Force; 8,000 Military Health Service; 10,000 other) (2020 est.)

  • South Sudan

    the South Sudan People’s Defense Force (SSPDF) has an estimated 190,000 active personnel, including ground, air, and riverine forces (2019)

  • Spain

    the Spanish Armed Forces have approximately 120,000 active duty troops (70,000 Army; 20,000 Navy; 20,000 Air Force; 10,000 other/joint); 80,000 Guardia Civil (2020)

  • Sri Lanka

    the Sri Lankan military has approximately 250,000 total personnel (180,000 Army; 40,000 Navy; 30,000 Air Force) (2019)

  • Sudan

    size assessments for the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) vary widely, ranging from about 100,000 to more than 200,000 active personnel, including approximately 1,500 Navy and 3,000 Air Force; est. 30-40,000 paramilitary Rapid Support Forces; est. 20,000 Reserve Department (formerly the paramilitary Popular Defense Forces) (2019)

    note: in August 2020, Sudan and the major rebel group Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) signed an agreement to integrate the group's fighters into the Sudanese Army by the end of 2023

  • Suriname

    the Suriname Army is comprised of approximately 1,800 active personnel (ground, air, naval, and military police) (2019 est.)

  • Sweden

    the Swedish Armed Forces (Forsvarsmakten) have approximately 15,000 active duty troops (6,200 Army; 2,500 Navy; 2,800 Air Force; 3,500 other, including staff, logistics, support, intelligence, etc); 22,000 Home Guard (2019 est.)

  • Switzerland

    the Swiss Armed Forces maintain a full-time active duty cadre of about 3,000 Army and Air Force personnel along with approximately 18,500 conscripts brought in annually for 18-23 weeks of training (2019 est.)

  • Syria

    N/A; the Syrian Armed Forces (SAF) are rebuilding and trying to integrate government-allied militias and auxiliary forces while continuing to engage in a civil war; prior to the start of the civil war in 2011, the SAF had approximately 300,000 active troops, including 200-225,000 Army; by 2018, its estimated size was reportedly less than 100,000 due to casualties and desertions (2019 est.)

  • Taiwan

    the Taiwan military has approximately 170,000 active duty troops (90,000 Army; 40,000 Navy; 40,000 Air Force) (2019)

  • Tajikistan

    the Armed Forces of the Republic of Tajikistan have approximately 9,500 active troops (8,000 Land and Mobile Forces; 1,500 Air and Air Defense Forces) (2019 est.)

  • Tanzania

    the Tanzania People's Defense Forces (TPDF) have an estimated 26,000 active personnel (22,000 Land Forces; 1,000 Naval Forces; 3,000 Air Force) (2019 )

  • Thailand

    estimates for the size of the Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTARF) vary; approximately 360,000 active duty personnel (245,000 Army; 70,000 Navy; 45,000 Air Force); est. 20,000 Thai Rangers; approximately 5-6,000 Internal Security Operations Command (2019)

  • Timor-Leste

    the Timor-Leste Defense Force (F-FDLT) is comprised of approximately 2,000 troops (2019 est.)

  • Togo

    the Togolese Armed Forces (FAT) are comprised of approximately 9,100 personnel (8,000 Army; 200 Navy; 200 Navy; 750 Gendarmerie) (2019 est.)

  • Tonga

    the Tonga Defense Services have approximately 500 personnel (2020)

  • Trinidad and Tobago

    the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force (TTDF) has approximately 4,000 active troops, including Army, Coast Guard, and Air Guard personnel (2019 est.)

  • Tunisia

    the Tunisian Armed Forces (FAT) have approximately 36,000 active personnel (27,000 Army; 5,000 Navy; 4,000 Air Force); est. 12,000 National Guard (2019)

  • Turkey

    size assessments for the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) vary; approximately 400,000 total active duty personnel (300,000 Army; 45,000 Navy; 50,000 Air Force); approximately 150,000 Gendarmerie (2020)

  • Turkmenistan

    the Armed Forces of Turkmenistan have approximately 37,000 active troops (est. 33,000 National Army; 500 Navy, 3,500 Air and Air Defense Forces) (2019 est.)

  • Uganda

    size estimates for the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) vary; approximately 50,000 troops, including about 1,000 air and marine personnel (2019 est.)

  • Ukraine

    size estimates for the Armed Forces of Ukraine (Zbroyni Syly Ukrayiny, ZSU) vary; approximately 215,000 active troops (160,000 Army, including Airborne/Air Assault Forces; 13,000 Navy; 42,000 Air Force); est. 50,000 National Guard (2019 est.)

  • United Arab Emirates

    the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces have approximately 63,000 total active personnel (44,000 Land Forces; 2,500 Navy; 4,500; 12,000 Presidential Guard) (2019)

  • United Kingdom

    the British military has approximately 150,000 total active duty troops (84,000 Army; 33,000 Navy, including 7,000 marines; 33,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • United States

    the US Armed Forces have approximately 1.385 million active duty personnel (482,000 Army; 347,000 Navy; 334,000 Air Force; 181,000 Marine Corps; 41,000 Coast Guard); 336,000 Army National Guard; 106,000 Air National Guard (Dec 2020)

  • Uruguay

    the Armed Forces of Uruguay have approximately 22,000 active personnel (14,500 Army; 5,000 Navy; 2,500 Air Force); est. 1,400 Guardia Nacional Republicana (2019 est.)

  • Uzbekistan

    assessments for the size of the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan vary; approximately 55,000 total active troops (est. 45,000 Army; est. 10,000 Air and Air Defense Forces) (2019 est.)

  • Venezuela

    the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) have approximately 125,000 active personnel (62,000 Army; 25,000 Navy; 11,000 Air Force; 27,000 National Guard) (2019 est.)

  • Vietnam

    information is limited and estimates of the size of the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) vary; approximately 475,000 active duty troops (405,000 ground; 40,000 naval; 30,000 air); est. 40,000 Border Defense Force and Coast Guard (2019)

  • West Bank

    the Palestinian Authority Security Forces have approximately 30,000 active personnel (2019 est.)

  • Yemen

    N/A; note: prior to the civil war, Yemeni Government armed forces had approximately 70,000 active personnel, including about 60,000 Army (2019 est.)

  • Zambia

    the Zambia Defense Force (ZDF) has an estimated 17,000 active troops (15,500 Army; 1,500 Air); 1,400 paramilitary Police (2019 est.)

  • Zimbabwe

    size estimates for the Zimbabwe Defense Forces (ZDF) vary; approximately 30,000 active duty troops, including about 4,000 serving in the Air Force (2019 est.)