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2022 Afghanistan Military Strength

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For 2022, Afghanistan is ranked 118 of 142 out of the countries considered for the annual GFP review. It holds a PwrIndx* score of 3.3736 (a score of 0.0000 is considered 'perfect'). This entry last updated on 04/26/2022.

*Each nation is assessed on individual and collective values processed through our in-house formula to generate its 'PwrIndx' score. Some values are estimated when official numbers are not available. View Notes.
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The Biden Administration's disastrous departure from Afghanistan, and the ensuing takeover of the country by the Taliban, accounts for Afghanistan's precipitous drop in the annual GFP ranking, down from 75 to 118.


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Fit / Service
Rnk 51
Military Age
Rnk 27
Active Pers.
Rnk 142
Rnk 142
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Tot Aircraft
Rnk 142
Rnk 142
Attack Types
Rnk 142
Rnk 142
Rnk 142
Spcl. Mission
Rnk 142
Tanker AC
Rnk 142
Rnk 142
Attack Helos
Rnk 142
Rnk 142
Rnk 83
Rnk 142
Rnk 74
Rnk 70
Oil Prod.
Rnk 142
Oil Consum.
Rnk 22
Oil Proven
Rnk 142
Labor Frc.
Rnk 58
Merch Fleet
Rnk 140
Major Ports
Rnk 19
Rnk 92
Rnk 142
Rnk 79
Defense Bgt
Rnk 128
Ext. Debt
Rnk 1
Foreign Rsv.
Rnk 89
Purch. Pwr
Rnk 109
Land Area
Rnk 40
Rnk 105
Rnk 57
Ratings Key:
Capabilities (BETA):

National Defense
Guerilla Warfare
Internal Security
Land Convoy Protection
Indirect-Fire Support
Global Trade
Natural Geographic Defense

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Total Population:
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Available Manpower
14,611,901 (39.0%)
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8,242,611 (22.0%)
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Reaching Mil Age Annually
786,795 (2.1%)
Tot Military Personnel (est.)
60,000 (0.2%)
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Active Personnel
0 (0.0%)
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Reserve Personnel
0 (0.0%)
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60,000 (0.2%)
Manpower Composition:
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Inventory Composition:
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Additional Notes

MANPOWER - Values partly derived from the CIA World Factbook. Some values may be estimated.

AIRPOWER - Values derived from multiple sources. Total Aircraft Strength value includes both fixed-wing and rotorcraft platforms from all branches of service (at this time UAVs are not included in the total). 'Attack' value constitutes purpose-built attack types. 'Transports' value includes only fixed-wing aircraft while all rotorcraft are represented under the 'Helicopters' value. 'Special-Mission' value no longer includes aerial tankers which are now covered in their own listing. For an in-depth look into the current air powers of the world, consider "the World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft" [www.WDMMA.org - external link].

LAND FORCES - Values derived from multiple sources. 'Tanks' value includes Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), light tanks, and tank destroyers (no distinction being made between track-over-wheel and all-wheeled types). 'Armored Vehicles' value includes APCs, IFVs, MRAPs, and Armored Cars. 'Rocket Projectors' include only self-propelled forms.

NAVAL FORCES - Values derived from multiple sources. 'Total Assets' value includes all possible/available vessels including auxiliaries, which are not showcased individually. 'Aircraft Carriers' value includes only traditional carriers (both conventionally- and nuclear-powered while Helicopter Carriers are now considered under their own listing. 'Submarines' value includes both diesel-electric and nuclear-powered types. Landlocked nationd are not penalized for the lack of a standing navy. For an in-depth look into the current naval powers of the world, consider "the World Directory of Modern Military Warships" [www.WDMMW.org - external link].

NATURAL RESOURCES - Values derived from the CIA World Factbook or estimated in some cases. Values presented as BBL (Barrel unit).

LOGISTICS - Values derived from the CIA World Factbook. Ports & Terminals may reside outside of a nations own borders if arrangements with an ally have been made. Landlocked nations are penalized for the lack of a standing Merchant Marine force.

FINANCIALS - Values partly derived from the CIA World Factbook. Values presented in USD ($). Estimates made when needed.

GEORGRAPHY - Values derived from the CIA World Factbook. As geography can play a role in both offensive and defensive wars, the GFP formula takes geographic qualities of a nation into account (border coverage, coastline coverage).

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