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.

Armed Forces Personnel (Total) Unit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Brazil '000 713 713 713 713 713
China '000 2,945 2,945 2,945 2,993 2,993
Colombia '000 442 442 440 440 456
Dem. People's Republic of Korea '000 1,379 1,379 1,379 1,379 1,379
Egypt '000 866 836 836 836 836
India '000 2,626 2,626 2,647 2,729 2,750
Indonesia '000 582 582 677 677 677
Iran '000 563 563 563 563 563
Myanmar '000 513 513 513 513 513
Pakistan '000 921 946 946 948 948
Russia '000 1,495 1,430 1,364 1,364 1,260
South Korea '000 660 660 660 660 660
Turkey '000 613 613 613 613 613
USA '000 1,564 1,569 1,520 1,492 1,433
Vietnam '000 495 522 522 522 522