Armed Personnel Among Us

Armed Forces Personnel (As % of Total Workforce) (%), 2017 or latest
Military & Defense | May 18, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 164 countries in 2017, Dem. People's Republic of Korea ranked the highest in armed forces personnel as a share of total workforce with 9.01% followed by Eritrea and Syria. On the other end of the scale was Haiti with 0.004%, Mozambique with 0.085% and Tanzania with 0.106%.

Average armed forces personnel as a share of total workforce reached 0.796% in 2017 in the World according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 1.76 % less than in the previous year and -12.4 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, average armed forces personnel as a share of total workforce reached an all time high of 1.19% in 1995 and an all time low of 0.796% in 2017. The average annual growth amounted to -1.22 % since 1990.

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

Armed Forces Personnel (As % of Total Workforce) Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Armenia % 3.96% 3.50% 3.47% 3.48% 3.51%
Belarus % 3.10% 3.09% 3.09% 3.09% 3.09%
Brunei % 4.74% 4.65% 4.57% 4.49% 4.41%
Dem. People's Republic of Korea % 8.88% 8.80% 8.73% 8.65% 8.58%
Djibouti % ... 3.64% 3.54% 3.45% 3.36% 3.27%
Eritrea % ... 9.67% 9.50% 9.32% 9.14% 8.95%
Greece % 2.92% 2.92% 2.99% 2.98% 2.99%
Israel % 5.21% 5.07% 4.97% 4.85% 4.76%
Jordan % 5.61% 5.67% 5.51% 5.24% 5.01%
Laos % 4.06% 3.97% 3.89% 3.81% 3.74%
Lebanon % 4.97% 4.62% 4.30% 4.03% 3.84%
Montenegro % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 4.95% 4.90% 4.83% 4.77% 4.67%
South Sudan % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 4.82% 4.65% 3.95% 3.81% 3.68%
Sri Lanka % 2.70% 2.73% 2.63% 2.64% 3.13%
Syria % 3.14% 3.25% 3.39% 5.58% 5.75%