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29 Largest Armies In The World
As of Oct 29th- 2015

The world in which we live in is not perfect. This means that countries need armies and guns and they also tend to go to war with each other. Countries that face threats from within and outside their borders have to deal with different security risks. This kind of reality forces countries to raise powerful armies to protect and defend their interests.
When judging the largest standing armies in the world we see that there are many armies that are really big and strong. China is the country with the largest standing army and is one of the best trained. China has upped its military budgets by more than 10% a year over the last five years. This army was established way back in 1972 and was known as the China People’s Liberation Army which is made up of Ground Forces, NAVY and Artillery as well as armed police and of course a strong air force. The latest estimates about the size of this army is put at 2,285,000 personnel. Most of the personnel of this army are aged between 18 and 49 years. Although the country has forced conscription many of the people that make up this army are volunteers. The army is well trained and equipped and is considered one of the strongest in the world, although its equipment is considered to be behind the US by about 20 years.
When you think about largest armies in the world you will no doubt also think about the US whose army which is considered the strongest and best equipped in the world. The country’s army was formed way back in 1775 and since then the army of this country has come a long way. Today, it has about 1,361,755 active duty personnel. The US has the second largest army in the world and it is considered one of the best-trained and most powerfully equipped armies in the world.
Other countries with the largest armies in the world include India, which is ranked number three. This army is well equipped with missiles that can hit targets far away from its shores. Russia has earned an enviable reputation for having a well-trained and powerful army. Currently it is ranked fifth as far as largest armies in the world go. Its army is made up of personnel aged between 18 and 27 and it currently has 1,200,000 members as well as 766,055 soldiers.
Countries like France do not enjoy a reputation for having large armies in the world but it is nevertheless a country with a budget of over 62.3 billion dollars, which is the fifth largest in the world. Britain has more than 200,000 strong personnel in its army and defense budget of more than 58 billion dollars annually. This is a country with small army in terms of personnel but it has a huge budget. Iran is another country that spends significantly on military, with an army consisting of about 500,000 active personnel but its defense budget is about 30 billion dollars.
Almost every country in the world has an army that protects it against both external as well as internal forces. When comparing militaries the size of the standing army does not judge the strength of the military alone. Their military histories, budgets and current operations also have to be taken into account.
Largest Armies In The World

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Rank Country Active Military
1 People's Republic of China 2,285,000
2 United States of America 1,361,755
3 India 1,325,450
4 Dem. People's Rep. of Korea 1,190,000
5 Russian Federation 766,055
6 Pakistan 643,800
7 Republic of Korea 630,000
8 Iran 523,000
9 Vietnam 482,000
10 Turkey 471,075
11 Colombia 466,713
12 Egypt 438,500
13 Indonesia 413,537
14 Burma 406,000
15 Bangladesh 400,000
16 Brazil 318,480
17 Thailand 305,860
18 Mexico 280,000
19 Sri Lanka 280,000
20 Iraq 271,500
21 Ukraine 250,800
22 Japan 247,764
23 Saudi Arabia 233,500
24 France 215,019
25 Republic of China 215,000
26 Eritrea 201,750
27 Morocco 195,800
28 Afghanistan 195,000
29 Germany 180,676
30 ISIS (best estimate today)80 to 100,000 (50K in Syria and 30K in Iraq)

Today I suspect these figures need to be corrected.

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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