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Paramilitary Force Strength by Country (2021)



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Ranking the total available paramilitary force strength by country, from highest to lowest.



Paramilitary forces / organizations are semi-military entities that can strengthen a given nation's fighting capability on the ground. The value is used in the final GFP ranking to further refine a nation's overall military strength. Some nations can field a frontline, reserve, and paramilitary force while others not capable of sustaining reserves make paramilitary forces a vital component to its defense. Others do not officially support a paramilitary force but may still call upon one.

Data presented on this list is through 2021. Estimates are made when official data is not available.
Photograph of an Iraqi paramilitary force on display parade.
1
Bangladesh
BAN
6,800,000
2
North Korea
NKO
6,000,000
3
Vietnam
VTN
5,040,000
4
South Korea
SKO
3,010,000
5
India
IND
2,527,000
6
Cuba
CUB
1,146,000
7
Iran
IRN
1,050,000
8
China
CHN
660,000
9
Russia
RUS
555,000
10
Pakistan
PAK
500,000
11
Brazil
BRA
400,000
12
Egypt
EGY
400,000
13
Indonesia
INO
280,000
14
Malaysia
MLY
267,000
15
Venezuela
VEN
220,000
16
Algeria
ALG
190,000
17
Colombia
COL
190,000
18
Italy
ITA
176,000
19
Turkey
TUR
160,000
20
Afghanistan
AFG
150,000
21
France
FRA
145,000
22
Iraq
IRQ
145,000
23
Thailand
THA
140,000
24
Belarus
BLR
110,000
25
Myanmar
MYA
110,000
26
Laos
LAO
100,000
27
Syria
SYR
100,000
28
Sri Lanka
SRL
93,000
29
Ukraine
UKR
90,000
30
Nigeria
NGA
80,000
31
Peru
PER
77,000
32
Spain
SPA
76,000
33
Poland
POL
73,500
34
Cambodia
CMB
70,000
35
Yemen
YEM
70,000
36
Mexico
MEX
60,000
37
Philippines
PHI
60,000
38
Romania
ROM
60,000
39
Morocco
MOR
50,000
40
Chile
CHI
45,000
41
Kazakhstan
KAZ
32,000
42
Argentina
ARG
31,250
43
Guatemala
GUA
25,000
44
Panama
PAN
25,000
45
Portugal
POR
25,000
46
Saudi Arabia
SAR
25,000
47
Zimbabwe
ZIM
22,000
48
Sweden
SWE
21,200
49
Lebanon
LEB
20,000
50
Sudan
SUD
20,000
51
Uzbekistan
UZB
20,000
52
El Salvador
ESL
17,000
53
Estonia
EST
16,000
54
Azerbaijan
AZR
15,000
55
Dominican Republic
DOM
15,000
56
Jordan
JOR
15,000
57
Nepal
NEP
15,000
58
Paraguay
PAR
15,000
59
Lithuania
LIT
14,500
60
Finland
FIN
14,000
61
Japan
JPN
14,000
62
Hungary
HUN
12,000
63
Tunisia
TUN
12,000
64
Taiwan
TAI
11,500
65
Bahrain
BAH
11,250
66
Angola
ANG
10,000
67
Cameroon
CAM
10,000
68
Kyrgyzstan
KYR
10,000
69
Montenegro
MTN
10,000
70
Singapore
SIN
10,000
71
Honduras
HON
8,000
72
Israel
ISR
8,000
73
Madagascar
MAD
8,000
74
Mali
MAL
8,000
75
Mongolia
MON
8,000
76
North Macedonia
MAC
7,500
77
Tajikistan
TAJ
7,500
78
Kuwait
KUW
7,000
79
Namibia
NAM
6,000
80
Netherlands
NET
6,000
81
Slovenia
SLV
6,000
82
Canada
CAN
5,500
83
Niger
NGR
5,500
84
Georgia
GEO
5,400
85
Kenya
KEN
5,000
86
Mauritania
MAU
5,000
87
Qatar
QTR
5,000
88
Turkmenistan
TKM
5,000
89
Chad
CHD
4,500
90
Oman
OMA
4,500
91
Armenia
ARM
4,300
92
Greece
GRE
4,000
93
Serbia
SER
4,000
94
Croatia
CRO
3,000
95
Gabon
GAB
2,000
96
Republic of the Congo
ROC
2,000
97
Tanzania
TAN
1,500
98
Uganda
UGA
1,500
99
Uruguay
URU
1,500
100
Zambia
ZAM
1,500
101
Central African Republic
CAR
1,000
102
Moldova
MOL
1,000
103
Albania
ALB
500
104
Ecuador
ECU
500
105
Burkina Faso
BKF
250
106
Australia
AUS
0
107
Austria
AST
0
108
Belgium
BEL
0
109
Bhutan
BUT
0
110
Bolivia
BOL
0
111
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BOS
0
112
Botswana
BOT
0
113
Bulgaria
BUL
0
114
Czechia
CZC
0
115
Democratic Republic of the Congo
DRC
0
116
Denmark
DEN
0
117
Eritrea
ERI
0
118
Ethiopia
ETH
0
119
Germany
GER
0
120
Ghana
GHA
0
121
Ireland
IRE
0
122
Ivory Coast
IVC
0
123
Kosovo
KOS
0
124
Latvia
LAT
0
125
Liberia
LIB
0
126
Libya
LBY
0
127
Mozambique
MOZ
0
128
New Zealand
NWZ
0
129
Nicaragua
NIC
0
130
Norway
NOR
0
131
Sierra Leone
SIE
0
132
Slovakia
SLK
0
133
Somalia
SOM
0
134
South Africa
SAF
0
135
South Sudan
SSU
0
136
Suriname
SUR
0
137
Switzerland
SWI
0
138
United Arab Emirates
UAE
0
139
United Kingdom
UKD
0
140
United States
USA
0

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