Total armed forces personnel reached 16.0 '000 in 2018 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 16.0 '000 in 2017 and an all time low of '000 in. When compared to Cyprus's main peers, total armed forces personnel in Egypt amounted to 836 '000, 148 '000 in Greece, 178 '000 in Israel and 512 '000 in Turkey in 2018.
Cyprus has been ranked 116th within the group of 166 countries we follow in terms of total armed forces personnel, 17 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.