Which Country Has the Largest Army?

Armed Forces Personnel (Total) ('000), 2015 or latest
Military & Defense | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 167 countries in 2015, China ranked the highest in armed forces personnel with 2,843 '000 followed by India and Russia. On the other end of the scale was Haiti with 0.120 '000, Iceland with 0.250 '000 and Gambia with 0.800 '000.

Total armed forces personnel reached 27,437 '000 in 2015 in the World according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 0.465 % more than in the previous year and -4.02 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, total armed forces personnel reached an all time high of 30,197 '000 in 1996 and an all time low of 22,209 '000 in 1985. The average annual growth amounted to 0.786 % since 1985.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 10.4 % of armed forces personnel in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 26.0 % share while the ten largest countries some 49.8 % in 2015.

Data for more countries are available at Armed Forces Personnel (Total) indicator page.