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Paramilitary Forces Strength by Country (2024)



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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 2024. Estimates are made when official data is not available.
Photograph of an Iraqi paramilitary force on display parade.
Paramilitary Forces (TOP 5)
1
Bangladesh
BNG
6,800,000
2
India
IND
2,527,000
3
Cuba
CUB
1,145,000
4
China
CHN
625,000
5
Serbia
SRB
600,000
6
Pakistan
PAK
500,000
7
Egypt
EGY
300,000
8
Indonesia
INO
250,000
9
Russia
RUS
250,000
10
Vietnam
VET
250,000
11
Iran
IRN
220,000
12
Venezuela
VEN
220,000
13
Brazil
BRA
200,000
14
Algeria
ALG
150,000
15
Colombia
COL
150,000
16
France
FRA
150,000
17
Saudi Arabia
SAR
150,000
18
Turkiye
TKY
150,000
19
Laos
LAO
120,000
20
Mexico
MEX
120,000
21
South Korea
SKO
120,000
22
Italy
ITA
105,000
23
Iraq
IRQ
100,000
24
Libya
LBY
100,000
25
Malaysia
MLY
100,000
26
North Korea
NKO
100,000
27
Ukraine
UKR
100,000
28
Afghanistan
AFG
80,000
29
Panama
PAN
80,000
30
Spain
SPN
78,470
31
Lebanon
LEB
65,000
32
Peru
PER
60,000
33
Belarus
BLR
55,000
34
Greece
GRE
55,000
35
Kazakhstan
KAZ
55,000
36
Kyrgyzstan
KYR
55,000
37
Myanmar
MYA
55,000
38
Taiwan
TWN
55,000
39
Finland
FIN
53,800
40
Denmark
DEN
51,000
41
Chile
CHI
50,000
42
Mongolia
MGL
50,000
43
Morocco
MOR
50,000
44
Nigeria
NGA
50,000
45
Poland
POL
50,000
46
South Africa
SAF
50,000
47
Syria
SYR
50,000
48
Norway
NOR
40,000
49
Guatemala
GUA
35,000
50
Israel
ISR
35,000
51
Jordan
JOR
35,000
52
Philippines
PHL
35,000
53
Dominican Republic
DOM
30,000
54
Japan
JPN
25,000
55
Kenya
KEN
25,000
56
Sweden
SWE
25,000
57
Thailand
THL
25,000
58
Portugal
POR
24,700
59
Honduras
HON
23,000
60
Zimbabwe
ZIM
21,800
61
Argentina
ARG
20,000
62
Tajikistan
TJK
20,000
63
Uzbekistan
UZB
20,000
64
Yemen
YEM
20,000
65
Sudan
SDN
17,500
66
Azerbaijan
AZR
15,000
67
El Salvador
ESL
15,000
68
Hungary
HUN
15,000
69
Nepal
NEP
15,000
70
Paraguay
PAR
15,000
71
Romania
ROM
15,000
72
Lithuania
LIT
14,150
73
Cameroon
CAM
12,500
74
Latvia
LAT
12,500
75
Singapore
SNG
12,000
76
Tunisia
TUN
12,000
77
United Arab Emirates
UAE
12,000
78
Angola
ANG
10,000
79
Cambodia
CMB
10,000
80
Democratic Republic of the Congo
DRC
10,000
81
Estonia
EST
10,000
82
Oman
OMA
10,000
83
Uganda
UGA
10,000
84
Madagascar
MAD
8,100
85
Kuwait
KUW
7,500
86
Tanzania
TNZ
6,500
87
Canada
CAN
5,500
88
Ivory Coast
IVC
5,500
89
Liberia
LIB
5,500
90
Montenegro
MTN
5,500
91
Nicaragua
NIC
5,500
92
Qatar
QTR
5,500
93
Armenia
ARM
5,000
94
Chad
CHD
5,000
95
Mauritania
MAU
5,000
96
Namibia
NAM
5,000
97
Netherlands
NTH
5,000
98
Niger
NGR
5,000
99
Slovenia
SLN
5,000
100
Switzerland
SWZ
5,000
101
Uruguay
URU
5,000
102
Mali
MAL
4,800
103
Burkina Faso
BKF
4,500
104
North Macedonia
MAC
3,500
105
Turkmenistan
TKM
3,500
106
Mozambique
MOZ
3,000
107
Gabon
GAB
2,500
108
Republic of the Congo
ROC
2,500
109
Croatia
CRO
2,000
110
Moldova
MOL
2,000
111
Somalia
SOM
2,000
112
Bahrain
BAH
1,500
113
Ecuador
ECU
1,500
114
Zambia
ZAM
1,200
115
Central African Republic
CAR
1,000
116
Albania
ALB
500
117
Kosovo
KOS
500
118
New Zealand
NWZ
300
119
Suriname
SRN
200
120
Australia
AUS
0
121
Austria
AST
0
122
Belgium
BEL
0
123
Beliz
BLZ
0
124
Benin
BEN
0
125
Bhutan
BUT
0
126
Bolivia
BOL
0
127
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BOS
0
128
Botswana
BOT
0
129
Bulgaria
BUL
0
130
Czechia
CZC
0
131
Eritrea
ERI
0
132
Ethiopia
ETH
0
133
Georgia
GEO
0
134
Germany
GER
0
135
Ghana
GHA
0
136
Iceland
ICE
0
137
Ireland
IRE
0
138
Luxembourg
LUX
0
139
Senegal
SEN
0
140
Sierra Leone
SLE
0
141
Slovakia
SLK
0
142
South Sudan
SSD
0
143
Sri Lanka
SRL
0
144
United Kingdom
UKD
0
145
United States
USA
0

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