Armed Forces Personnel (Total) rose 0.629% to 16.0 '000 in Namibia in 2017

Armed Forces Personnel (Total) ('000)
Military & Defense | Namibia | June 01, 2019
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Total armed forces personnel reached 16.0 '000 in 2017 in Namibia, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 0.629 % more than in the previous year.

Historically, total armed forces personnel in Namibia reached an all time high of 16.0 '000 in 2017 and an all time low of 5.90 '000 in 1997. When compared to Namibia's main peers, total armed forces personnel in Angola amounted to 117 '000, 9.00 '000 in Botswana, 80.0 '000 in South Africa and 51.0 '000 in Zimbabwe in 2017.

Namibia has been ranked 118th within the group of 164 countries we follow in terms of total armed forces personnel, 2 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.

Armed Forces Personnel (Total) Unit 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Angola '000 117 117 117 117 117
Botswana '000 10.5 10.5 10.5 10.5 9.00
Dem. Republic of the Congo '000 134 134 134 134 134
Lesotho '000 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00
Mozambique '000 11.2 11.2 11.2 11.2 11.2
Namibia '000 15.2 15.2 15.2 15.2 15.2
South Africa '000 77.6 62.1 77.2 82.3 82.2
Swaziland '000 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Zambia '000 16.5 16.5 16.5 16.5 16.5
Zimbabwe '000 50.8 50.8 50.8 50.8 50.8