Total armed forces personnel reached 12.8 '000 in 2015 in Cyprus, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is the same as in the previous year.
Historically, total armed forces personnel in Cyprus reached an all time high of 14.0 '000 in 1989 and an all time low of 10.0 '000 in 1985. When compared to Cyprus's main peers, total armed forces personnel in Egypt amounted to 836 '000, 147 '000 in Greece, 185 '000 in Israel and 512 '000 in Turkey in 2015.
Cyprus has been ranked 123rd within the group of 167 countries we follow in terms of total armed forces personnel, 11 places above the position seen 10 years ago.
Armed forces personnel are active duty military personnel, including paramilitary forces if their training, organisation, equipment, and control suggest they may be used to support or replace regular military forces.