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15 Global Militaries With The Most Active Troops Ready To Fight Today

Published on 7 May, 2018 at 2:45 pm By

It is hard to make comparisons of world militaries head-to-head as each force brings different capabilities to the table and excels in different environments. Global Firepower’s Military Strength Ranking attempts to understand the differences by drawing on more than 50 factors – among them, diversity of weapons, available manpower, logistical capacity, and industrial base – to assign a Power Index score to 133 countries.

Here is a list of the 15 global militaries with the most active-duty personnel – the “ready to fight” units that would be the first to see combat. Take a look.


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1. China — 2,183,000 active personnel

Total population: 1,379,302,771

Manpower available: 750,000,000

Total military personnel: 2,693,000

Active personnel: 2,183,000

Reserve personnel: 510,000


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Fit-for-service: 619,000,000

Reaching military age: 19,550,000

Overall military rank: No. 3

 

2. India — 1,362,500 active personnel

Total population: 1,281,935,911

Manpower available: 616,000,000

Total military personnel: 4,207,250

Active personnel: 1,362,500

Reserve personnel: 2,844,750

Fit-for-service: 489,600,000

Reaching military age: 22,900,000

Overall military rank: No. 4

 

3. United States — 1,281,900 active personnel

Total population: 326,625,791

Manpower available: 145,215,000

Total military personnel: 2,083,100

Active personnel: 1,281,900

Reserve personnel: 801,200

Fit-for-service: 120,025,000

Reaching military age: 4,220,000

Overall military rank: No. 1

 

4. Russia — 1,013,628 active personnel

Total population: 142,257,519

Manpower available: 70,000,000

Total military personnel: 3,586,128

Active personnel: 1,013,628

Reserve personnel: 2,572,500

Fit-for-service: 47,000,000

Reaching military age: 1,355,000

Overall military rank: No. 2

 

5. North Korea — 945,000 active personnel

Total population: 25,248,140

Manpower available: 13,000,000

Total military personnel: 6,445,000

Active personnel: 945,000

Reserve personnel: 5,500,000

Fit-for-service: 10,100,000

Reaching military age: 415,000

Overall military rank: No. 18

 

6. Pakistan — 637,000 active personnel

Total population: 204,924,861

Manpower available: 95,000,000

Total military personnel: 919,000

Active personnel: 637,000

Reserve personnel: 282,000

Fit-for-service: 75,325,000

Reaching military age: 4,345,000

Overall military rank: No. 17

 

7. South Korea — 625,000 active personnel

Total population: 51,181,299

Manpower available: 25,610,000

Total military personnel: 5,827,250

Active personnel: 625,000

Reserve personnel: 5,202,250

Fit-for-service: 21,035,000

Reaching military age: 690,000

Overall military rank: No. 7

 

8. Iran — 534,000 active personnel

Total population: 82,021,564

Manpower available: 47,000,000

Total military personnel: 934,000

Active personnel: 534,000



Reserve personnel: 400,000

Fit-for-service: 39,570,000

Reaching military age: 1,400,000

Overall military rank: No. 13

 

9. Algeria — 520,000 active personnel

Total population: 40,969,443

Manpower available: 20,400,000

Total military personnel: 792,350

Active personnel: 520,000

Reserve personnel: 272,350

Fit-for-service: 17,250,000

Reaching military age: 675,000

Overall military rank: No. 23

 

10. Egypt — 454,250 active personnel

Total population: 97,041,072

Manpower available: 42,000,000

Total military personnel: 1,329,250

Active personnel: 454,250

Reserve personnel: 875,000

Fit-for-service: 35,306,000

Reaching military age: 1,535,000

Overall military rank: No. 12

 

11. Vietnam — 448,500 active personnel

Total population: 96,160,163

Manpower available: 50,650,000

Total military personnel: 5,488,500

Active personnel: 448,500

Reserve personnel: 5,040,000

Fit-for-service: 41,505,000

Reaching military age: 1,640,000

Overall military rank: No. 20

 

12. Indonesia — 435,750 active personnel

Total population: 260,580,739

Manpower available: 130,000,000

Total military personnel: 975,750

Active personnel: 435,750

Reserve personnel: 540,000

Fit-for-service: 107,540,000

Reaching military age: 4,500,000

Overall military rank: No.15

 

13. Myanmar — 406,000 active personnel

Total population: 55,123,814

Manpower available: 30,000,000

Total military personnel: 516,000

Active personnel: 406,000

Reserve personnel: 110,000

Fit-for-service: 21,635,000

Reaching military age: 1,030,000

Overall military rank: No. 35

 

14. Colombia — 369,100 active personnel

Total population: 47,698,524

Manpower available: 24,000,000

Total military personnel: 511,550

Active personnel: 369,100

Reserve personnel: 142,450

Fit-for-service: 19,015,000

Reaching military age: 845,000

Overall military rank: No. 45

 

15. Turkey — 350,000 active personnel

Total population: 80,845,215

Manpower available: 41,640,000

Total military personnel: 710,565

Active personnel: 350,000

Reserve personnel: 360,565

Fit-for-service: 35,010,000

Reaching military age: 1,375,000

Overall military rank: No. 9

 

 


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