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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 307,000 active personnel; Ministry of Defense: 186,000; Ministry of Interior: 121,000 (Jan 2021)

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

  • Albania

    information varies; approximately 8,000 total active duty personnel (6,000 Army; 1,500 Navy; 500 Air Force) (2020)

  • 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. 50,000 Gendarmerie; est. 90,000 Municipal Guard (2020)

  • 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 (2020)

  • Antigua and Barbuda

    the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force (ABDF) has approximately 200 active personnel (2020)

  • Argentina

    information varies; approximately 83,000 active duty personnel (50,000 Army; 18,000 Navy (includes about 3,000 marines); 15,000 Air Force); est. 20,000 Gendarmerie (2020)

  • Armenia

    the Armenian Armed Forces have approximately 45,000 active troops (42,000 ground; 3,000 air/defense) (2020)

  • Australia

    the Australian Defense Force has approximately 59,000 total active troops (29,600 Army; 15,000 Navy; 14,400 Air Force) (2020)

  • Austria

    the Austrian Armed Forces have approximately 23,000 total active duty personnel (13,000 Land Forces; 2,500 Air Force; 7,500 other, support forces) (2021)

  • Azerbaijan

    information varies; approximately 65,000 total active troops (55,000 Army; 2,000 Navy; 8,000 Air Force); approximately 15,000 Ministry of Internal Affairs troops (2020)

  • Bahamas, The

    the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF) has approximately 1,500 total personnel (2020)

  • Bahrain

    information varies; approximately 10,000 active personnel (7,500 Army; 1,000 Navy; 1,500 Air Force); est. 3,000 National Guard (2020)

  • Bangladesh

    information varies; approximately 165,000 total active personnel (135,000 Army; 15,000 Navy; 15,000 Air Force) (2021)

  • Barbados

    the Royal Barbados Defense Force (RBDF) has approximately 600 active personnel (2020)

  • Belarus

    the Belarus Armed Forces have approximately 45,000 active duty troops; information on the individual services varies, but probably includes about 25,000 Army, 15,000 Air/Air Defense, and 5,000 Special Operations forces (2020)

  • Belgium

    the Belgian Armed Forces have approximately 26,000 active duty personnel (11,000 Land Component; 1,500 Navy; 5,000 Air Force; 1,500 Medical Service; 7,000 other, including joint staff, support, and training schools) (2020)

  • Belize

    the Belize Defense Force (BDF) has approximately 1,300 active personnel; 200 Belize Coast Guard (2020)

  • Benin

    the Benin Armed Forces (FAB) are comprised of approximately 7,000 active duty troops; est. 5,000 Republican Police (2021)

  • Bermuda

    the Royal Bermuda Regiment has about 350 troops (2021)

  • Bhutan

    the Royal Bhutan Army has an estimated 8,000 personnel (2020)

  • Bolivia

    size assessments for the Bolivian Armed Forces vary; approximately 40,000 active troops, including conscripts (27,000 Army; 5,000 Navy; 8,000 Air Force); note - a considerable portion of the Navy personnel are marines and naval police (2020)

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina have approximately 9,000 active duty personnel (2021)

  • Botswana

    the Botswana Defense Force (BDF) has approximately 9,000 active personnel (2021)

  • Brazil

    the Brazilian Armed Forces have approximately 360,000 active personnel (215,000 Army; 75,000 Navy; 70,000 Air Force) (2021)

  • Brunei

    the Royal Brunei Armed Forces is comprised of approximately 6,500 total active troops (4,500 Army; 1,000 Navy; 1,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • Bulgaria

    the Bulgarian Armed Forces have approximately 30,000 active duty personnel (16,000 Army; 4,000 Navy; 7,000 Air Force; 3,000 other, joint staff, support) (2021)

  • Burkina Faso

    the Armed Forces of Burkina Faso (FABF) have approximately 12,000 personnel (7,000 Army; 500 Air Force; 4,500 National Gendarmerie) (2021)

  • Burma

    information varies widely; approximately 400,000 total active troops (est. 360,000 Army; 20,000 Navy; 20,000 Air Force) (2021)

  • Burundi

    the National Defense Forces (FDN) have approximately 25,000 active duty troops, the majority of which are ground forces (2020)

  • Cabo Verde

    the Cabo Verdean Armed Forces (FACV) consist of approximately 1,200 personnel including about 100 in the Coast Guard (2021)

  • Cambodia

    information varies; approximately 110,000 total active troops including about 3,000 Navy and 1,000 Air Force; est. 10,000 Gendarmerie (2020)

  • Cameroon

    information varies widely; approximately 40,000 active duty troops; (25,000 ground forces, including the BIR and Presidential Guard; 2,000 Navy; 1,000 Air Force; 12,000 Gendarmerie) (2020)

  • 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)

  • Central African Republic

    information varies; approximately 10,000 active troops, including an air component of 100-200 and up to 2,000 Gendarmerie (2020)

  • Chad

    information varies; approximately 35,000 active personnel (30,000 Ground Forces; 300 Air Force; 5,000 General Direction of the Security Services of State Institutions); 5,000 National Gendarmerie; 3,500 National Nomadic Guard of Chad (2020)

  • Chile

    the Armed Forces of Chile have approximately 80,000 active personnel (45,000 Army; 22,000 Navy; 13,000 Air Force); approximately 50,000 Carabineros (2020)

  • China

    information varies; approximately 2 million total active duty troops (est. 1.0 - 1.1 million Ground; 250,000 Navy/Marines; 350-400,000 Air Force; 120,000 Rocket Forces; 150-175,000 Strategic Support Forces); est. 600-650,000 People’s Armed Police (2020)

  • Colombia

    the Military Forces of Colombia (FMC) have approximately 295,000 total active troops (235,000 Army; 45,000 Navy, including about 22,000 marines; 14,000 Air Force); approximately 185,000 Colombian National Police (2020)

  • Comoros

    Comoran Defense Force has an estimated 600 personnel; est. 500 Comoran Federal Police (2020)

  • Congo, Democratic Republic of the

    information varies 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 (mostly Army, but includes several thousand Navy and Air Force personnel, as well as about 10,000 Republican Guard; note -  Navy personnel includes naval infantry) (2020)

  • Congo, Republic of the

    the Congolese Armed Forces (FAC) have approximately 12,000 active duty troops (8,000 Army; 800 Navy; 1,000 Air Force; 2,000 Gendarmerie) (2020)

  • Costa Rica

    12,500 Public Force personnel; approximately 400-500 air and 400-500 coast guard personnel (2021)

  • Cote d'Ivoire

    the Armed Forces of Cote d’Ivoire have approximately 25,000 active troops (23,000 Army, including about 2,000 Special Forces; 1,000 Navy; 1,000 Air Force); est. 5-10,000 Gendarmerie (2020)

  • 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/other) (2020)

  • 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 15,000 total active duty personnel (2020)

  • Czechia

    the Czech military has approximately 26,000 active personnel (20,000 Army; 6,000 Air Force) (2021)

  • Denmark

    the Danish military has approximately 16,000 active duty personnel (8,000 Army; 3,000 Navy; 3,000 Air Force; 2,000 other) (2021)

  • Djibouti

    the Djibouti Armed Forces (FAD) have approximately 10,500 active troops (8,000 Army; 250 Naval; 250 Air; 2,000 Gendarmerie) (2020)

  • Dominican Republic

    the Armed Forces of the Dominican Republic have approximately 60,000 active personnel (30,000 Army; 13,000 Navy; 17,000 Air Force); approximately 30,000 National Police (2020)

  • Ecuador

    the Ecuadorian Armed Forces have approximately 40,000 active personnel (25,000 Army; 9,000 Navy; 6,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • Egypt

    size estimates for the Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF) vary; approximately 450,000 total active personnel (325,000 Army; 18,000 Navy; 30,000 Air Force; 75,000 Air Defense Command); approximately 300,000 Central Security Forces (2021)

  • El Salvador

    the Armed Force of El Salvador (FAES) has approximately 22,000 active troops (17,500 Army; 1,500 Navy; 2,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • Equatorial Guinea

    the Equatorial Guinea Armed Forces (FAGE) have approximately 1,400 active duty troops; approximately 400 Guardia Civil (2021)

  • Eritrea

    the Eritrean Defense Forces are comprised of an estimated 200,000 personnel, including about 2,000 in the naval and air forces; note – it is unclear how many of the EDF’s  personnel are on active duty; the force includes significant numbers of conscripts, many of which are reportedly not under arms (2021)

  • Estonia

    the Estonian Defense Forces have approximately 6,500 active duty personnel (2021)

  • Eswatini

    the Umbutfo Eswatini Defense Force has approximately 3,000 active personnel (2020)

  • Ethiopia

    information varies; approximately 140,000 active duty troops, including about 3,000 Air Force personnel (no personnel numbers available for the newly-established Navy) (2020)

  • Fiji

    the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) have about 3,500 personnel (3,200 Land Force; 300 Maritime Command) (2020)

  • Finland

    information varies; approximately 23,000 total active duty personnel (16,000 Army; 4,000 Navy; 3,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • 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; approximately 75,000 National Guard (2020)

  • Gabon

    the Gabonese Defense Forces (FDG) are comprised of approximately 6,500 active duty troops including the Republican Guard and Gendarmerie (2021)

  • Gambia, The

    information varies; approximately 2,000 total active troops (2020)

  • Gaza Strip

    the military wing of HAMAS has an estimated 20-25,000 fighters (2020)

  • Georgia

    information varies; approximately 25,000 troops, including active National Guard forces (2020)

  • 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)

    note - Germany in 2020 announced it planned to increase the size of the military to about 200,000 troops by 2024

  • Ghana

    the Ghana Armed Forces consists of approximately 14,000 active personnel (10,000 Army; 2,000 Navy; 2,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • 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 (2020)

  • Guinea

    Guinean National Armed Forces are comprised of approximately 12,000 active personnel
    (9,000 Army; 400 Navy; 800 Air Force; 300 BASP; 1,500 Gendarmerie) (2020)

  • Guinea-Bissau

    the People's Revolutionary Armed Force (FARP) has approximately 4,000 total active troops, including about 300 Navy and 100 Air Force (2020)

  • Guyana

    the Guyana Defense Force has approximately 3,000 active personnel (2020)

  • Haiti

    the FAdH has approximately 500 troops (the force is planned to eventually have around 5,000 personnel, possibly by the end of 2021); approximately 16,000 National Police (2020)

  • Honduras

    the Honduran Armed Forces (FFAA) have approximately 16,000 active personnel (7,500 Army; 1,500 Navy, including about 1,000 marines; 2,000 Air Force; 5,000 Public Order Military Police); approximately 18,000 National Police (2020)

  • Hungary

    the Hungarian Defense Forces have approximately 25,000 active duty troops (20,000 Army; 5,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • Iceland

    the Icelandic Coast Guard has approximately 250 personnel (2021)

  • India

    information on the size of the Indian Armed Forces varies; approximately 1.45 million active personnel (est. 1.25 million Army; 65,000 Navy; 140,000 Air Force; 12,000 Coast Guard) (2020)

  • Indonesia

    the Indonesian National Armed Forces have approximately, 400,000 active duty troops (300,000 Army; 65,000 Navy, including about 20,000 marines; 30,000 Air Force) (2021)

  • Iran

    information varies; approximately 550-600,000 total active personnel; approximately 400,000 Islamic Republic of Iran Regular Forces (350,000 Ground Forces; 18,000 Navy; 40,000 Air Force/Air Defense Forces); approximately 150-190,000 Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (100-150,000 Ground Forces; 20,000 Navy; 15,000 Aerospace Force; 5-15,000 Qods Force); est. 90,000 active Basij Paramilitary Forces (2021)

  • Iraq

    information varies; approximately 200,000 personnel under the Ministry of Defense (est. 190,000 Army/Aviation Command/Special Forces; est. 5,000 Navy; est. 5,000 Air/Air Defense Forces); approximately 25,000 National-Level Security Forces (est. 10,000 Iraqi Counterterrorism Service; est. 10,000 Presidential Brigades; est. 5,000 Prime Minister’s Special Forces Division); 100-160,000 Popular Mobilization Forces; 150,000-200,000 Peshmerga Forces (2020)

  • Ireland

    the Irish Defence Forces have approximately 8,700 active duty personnel (7,000 Army; 1,000 Navy; 700 Air Force) (2020)

  • Israel

    the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have approximately 173,000 active personnel (130,000 Ground Forces; 9,000 Naval; 34,000 Air Force) (2021)

  • 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

    the JDF has approximately 4,000 total active personnel (2020)

  • 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 (2020)

  • Jordan

    the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) have approximately 100,000 active personnel (86,000 Army; 500 Navy; 14,000 Air Force); est. 15,000 Gendarmerie Forces (2021)

  • Kazakhstan

    information varies; approximately 45,000 active duty personnel (30,000 Land Forces; 3,000 Naval Forces; 12,000 Air and Air Defense Forces) (2020)

  • Kenya

    the Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) are comprised of approximately 24,000 personnel (20,000 Army; 1,500 Navy; 2,500 Air Force) (2020)

  • 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 (2020)

  • Korea, South

    the Republic of Korea Armed Forces have approximately 555,000 active duty personnel (420,000 Army; 70,000 Navy/Marines; 65,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • Kosovo

    the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) has approximately 3,500 personnel; note - Kosovo plans for the KSF to eventually number around 5,000 troops (2021)

  • 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) (2020)

  • Kyrgyzstan

    the Kyrgyz Armed Forces have approximately 12,000 active duty troops (8,500 Land Forces; 2,500 Air Force/Air Defense; 1,000 National Guard) (2021)

  • 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) (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 60,000 active troops (57,000 Army; 1,500 Navy; 1,500 AF) (2021)

  • Lesotho

    the Lesotho Defense Force (LDF) has approximately 2,000 personnel (2020)

  • Liberia

    the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) have approximately 2,000 personnel (2020)

  • Libya

    not available

  • 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 (2021)

  • Madagascar

    the Peoples Armed Forces (PAF) have approximately 13,000 personnel (12,000 Army; 500 Navy; 500 Air Force); est. 10,000 Gendarmerie (2020)

  • Malawi

    information varies; approximately 8,000 total personnel (including about 200 air and 200 marine forces) (2021)

  • Malaysia

    the Malaysian Armed Forces have approximately 115,000 active duty troops (80,000 Army; 18,000 Navy; 17,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • Maldives

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

  • Mali

    information varies; approximately 18,000 total troops (13,000 Army; 800 Air Force; 2,000 Gendarmerie; 2,000 National Guard) (2020)

  • Malta

    the Armed Forces of Malta have approximately 2,000 active duty personnel (2021)

  • 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 (2020)

  • Mauritius

    the Special Mobile Force has approximately 1,700 personnel; the National Coast Guard has about 800 (2020)

  • Mexico

    information varies; approximately 250,000 active personnel (180,000 Army; 60,000 Navy, including 20-25,000 marines; 8,000 Air Force); approximately 90-100,000 National Guard (2020)

  • Moldova

    the Moldovan National Army has approximately 6,000 active troops (2020)

  • Mongolia

    size estimates for the the Mongolian Armed Forces (MAF) vary; approximately 9,000 active duty troops (2020)

  • Montenegro

    the Armed Forces of the Republic of Montenegro have approximately 2,000 total active duty troops (2020)

  • Morocco

    the Royal Armed Forces have approximately 200,000 active personnel (175,000 Army; 10,000 Navy; 15,000 Air Force); est. 25,000 Gendarmerie (2021)

  • Mozambique

    information varies; approximately 11,000 personnel (10,000 Army; 200 Navy; 1,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • Namibia

    information varies; approximately 12,500 personnel (11,000 Army; 1,000 Navy; 500 Air Force) (2020)

  • Nepal

    the Nepal Army has approximately 95,000 active troops (including a small air wing of about 500 personnel) (2021)

  • Netherlands

    the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces have approximately 35,000 active duty personnel (15,000 Army; 7,500 Navy; 6,500 Air Force; 6,000 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) (2021)

  • Nicaragua

    the Army of Nicaragua has approximately 12,000 active personnel (10,000 Army; 800 Navy; 1,200 Air Force) (2021)

  • Niger

    information varies; approximately 10,000 active troops (est. 6,000 Army; 200 Air Force; 4,000 Gendarmerie); est. 3,000 National Guard (2020)

  • 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 (2020)

  • North Macedonia

    the Army of the Republic of North Macedonia (ARSM) has approximately 7,000 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 (26,000 Army, 4,000 Navy; 4,000 Air Force; 6,000 Royal Guard) (2020)

  • Pakistan

    estimates of the size of the Pakistan military’s active force vary; approximately 640,000 active personnel (550,000 Army; 30,000 Navy; 60,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • Panama

    approximately 20,000 National Police; 4,000 National Border Service; 3,000 National Air-Naval Service (2020)

  • Papua New Guinea

    the Papau New Guinea Defense Force has approximately 3,000 active duty troops, including a land element of about 2,500 (2020)

  • Paraguay

    the Armed Forces of Paraguay have approximately 13,000 active personnel (8,000 Army; 3,000 Navy; 2,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • Peru

    information varies; approximately 95,000 active personnel (55,000 Army; 25,000 Navy, including about 4,000 naval infantry and 1,000 Coast Guard; 15,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • Philippines

    the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have approximately 130,000 active duty personnel (90,000 Army; 25,000 Navy, including about 8,000 marines; 17,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • Poland

    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 joint service) (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 27,000 active duty personnel (14,000 Army; 7,000 Navy, inc about 1,000 marines; 6,000 Air Force); 24,500 National Republican Guard (military personnel) (2021)

  • Qatar

    information varies; approximately 14,000 active personnel (10,000 Land Force, including Emiri Guard; 2,000 Navy; 2,000 Air Force) (2021)

  • Romania

    the Romanian Armed Forces have approximately 67,000 active duty personnel (50,000 Land Forces; 7,000 Naval Forces; 10,000 Air Force; note: 10-15,000 personnel are considered joint service) (2021)

  • Russia

    information varies; approximately 800,000 total active duty troops (350,000 Ground Troops, including about 40,000 Airborne Troops; 150,000 Navy; 150,000 Aerospace Forces; 60,000 Strategic Rocket Forces; 90,000 other uniformed personnel (special operations forces, command and control, support, etc.); est. 200-250,000 Federal National Guard Troops (2020)

  • Rwanda

    the Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) has approximately 31,000 active personnel (30,000 Army; 1,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis

    the SKNDF has approximately 300 personnel (2019)

  • Sao Tome and Principe

    the FASTP has approximately 4-500 personnel (2020)

  • Saudi Arabia

    the Saudi military forces have about 225,000 active troops; approximately 125,000 under the Ministry of Defense (75,000 Land Forces; 14,000 Naval Forces; 36,000 Air Force/Air Defense/Strategic Missile Forces) and approximately 100,000 in the Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG) (2020)

    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 consist of approximately 19,000 active personnel (12,000 Army; 1,000 Navy/Coast Guard; 1,000 Air Force; 5,000 National Gendarmerie) (2021)

  • Serbia

    information varies; approximately 25,000 active duty troops (15,000 Land Forces; 5,000 Air/Air Defense; 5,000 other) (2020)

  • Seychelles

    the Seychelles People’s Defence Forces (SPDF) have approximately 500 personnel (2021)

  • Sierra Leone

    the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) have approximately 9,000 personnel, mostly ground forces (2021)

  • Singapore

    the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) have approximately 60,000 active duty troops (45,000 Army; 7,000 Navy; 8,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • 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 staff, special operations, and support forces) (2020)

  • Slovenia

    the Slovenian Armed Forces have approximately 7,000 active duty troops (2020)

  • Somalia

    estimates for the size of the Somali National Army (SNA) vary widely, from a low of about 10,000 to a high of some 25,000 due to inconsistent internal reporting and the ongoing attempts to integrate various militias (2020)

    note(s): a significant portion of the SNA is comprised of local militia forces that lack the discipline, structure, weapons, and overall capabilities for effective military operations; two effective SNA units are the US-trained Danab ("Lightning") Brigade and the Turkish-trained Gorgor "Eagle" Special Division; in December of 2020, the Danab Brigade numbered about 1,150 personnel with plans for it to eventually have as many as 3,000 troops; the Gorgor Division was estimated to have 4,500-5,000 trained troops in early 2021

    --in 2017, the Somali Government announced a plan for the SNA to eventually number about 18,000 troops; the same plan called for 32,000 federal and regional police

  • 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, including administrative, logistics, military police) (2020)

  • South Sudan

    the South Sudan People’s Defense Force (SSPDF) has an estimated 200,000 active personnel, mostly ground forces with small contingents of air and riverine forces (2021)

  • Spain

    the Spanish Armed Forces have approximately 120,000 active duty troops (75,000 Army; 25,000 Navy, inc about 5,000 marines; 20,000 Air Force); 80,000 Guardia Civil (2021)

  • Sri Lanka

    the Sri Lankan military has approximately 250,000 total personnel (180,000 Army; 40,000 Navy; 30,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • Sudan

    information varies 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) (2020)

    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) (2020)

  • Sweden

    information varies; approximately 16,000 active duty troops (7,000 Army; 3,000 Navy; 3,000 Air Force; 3,000 other, including staff, logistics, support, medical, cyber, intelligence, etc); 22,000 Home Guard (2021)

  • Switzerland

    the Swiss Armed Forces maintain a full-time professional cadre of about 4,000 personnel along with approximately 20,000 conscripts brought in annually for 18-23 weeks of training; approximately 120,000 reserve forces (2021)

  • Syria

    N/A; since the start of the civil war in 2011, the Syrian Armed Forces (SAF) have taken significant losses in personnel; prior to the civil war, 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; currently, the SAF is trying to rebuild and integrate government-allied militias and auxiliary forces while continuing to engage in active military operations (2021)

  • Taiwan

    the Taiwan military has approximately 170,000 active duty troops (90,000 Army; 40,000 Navy, including approximately 10,000 marines; 40,000 Air Force) (2020)

  • 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) (2020)

  • 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) (2020)

  • Thailand

    estimates for the size of the Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTARF) vary widely; approximately 350,000 active duty personnel (240,000 Army; 65,000 Navy; 45,000 Air Force); est. 20,000 Thai Rangers; est. 5-6,000 Internal Security Operations Command (2020)

  • Timor-Leste

    the Timor-Leste Defense Force is comprised of approximately 2,000 personnel (2020)

  • Togo

    the Togolese Armed Forces (FAT) are comprised of approximately 9,000 personnel (2021)

  • Tonga

    the Tonga Defense Services have approximately 500 personnel (2020)

  • Trinidad and Tobago

    the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force (TTDF) has approximately 4,500 personnel (2021)

  • Tunisia

    the Tunisian Armed Forces (FAT) have approximately 35,000 active personnel (27,000 Army; 4,500 Navy; 3,500 Air Force); est. 10,000 National Guard (2021)

  • Turkey

    information varies; approximately 425,000 active duty personnel (325,000 Army; 50,000 Navy; 50,000 Air Force); approximately 150,000 Gendarmerie (2021)

  • Turkmenistan

    information varies; estimated 35,000 active troops (est. 30,000 National Army; 1,000 Navy; 4,000 Air and Air Defense Forces) (2020)

  • Uganda

    information varies; approximately 45-50,000 troops, including about 1,000-1,500 air and marine personnel (2021)

  • Ukraine

    information varies; approximately 200,000 active troops (150,000 Army, including Airborne/Air Assault Forces; 12,000 Navy; 40,000 Air Force); approximately 50,000 National Guard (2020)

  • 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 Air Force; 12,000 Presidential Guard) (2020)

  • United Kingdom

    the British military has approximately 150,000 total active duty troops (82,000 Army; 34,000 Navy, including 7,000 marines; 33,000 Air Force) (2021)

  • United States

    the US Armed Forces have approximately 1.39 million active duty personnel (482,000 Army; 347,000 Navy; 336,000 Air Force; 181,000 Marine Corps; 41,000 Coast Guard; 16,000 Space Force); 336,000 Army National Guard; 106,000 Air National Guard (April 2021)

  • Uruguay

    the Armed Forces of Uruguay have approximately 22,000 active personnel (14,500 Army; 5,000 Navy; 2,500 Air Force) (2021)

  • Uzbekistan

    information varies; approximately 50-60,000 total active troops (2021)

  • Venezuela

    information varies; approximately 125-150,000 active personnel, including National Guard (2020)

    note - at the end of 2018, the Venezuelan Government claimed the Bolivarian Militia had 1.6 million members, but most reportedly have little to no military training

  • Vietnam

    information is limited and estimates of the size of the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) vary; approximately 470,000 active duty troops (400,000 ground; 40,000 naval; 30,000 air); est. 40,000 Border Defense Force and Coast Guard (2020)

  • West Bank

    the Palestinian Authority Security Forces have approximately 30,000 active personnel (2020)

  • Yemen

    N/A; note: prior to the civil war, Yemeni Government armed forces had approximately 70,000 active personnel (2020)

  • Zambia

    the Zambia Defense Force (ZDF) has approximately 16,500 active troops (15,000 Army; 1,500 Air) (2020)

  • Zimbabwe

    information varies; approximately 30,000 active duty troops, including about 4,000 serving in the Air Force (2021)