If you had to guess which country had the biggest army, who would you choose? Maybe China? The US? You’d be wrong on both counts. We won’t give it away, but it’s worth noting that a large population doesn’t necessarily mean a large army. Also worth noting, a large army doesn’t necessarily mean a powerful army. While North Korea has more active soldiers than almost any other nation in the world, even tiny Switzerland’s army packs more firepower. And finally, don’t confuse the “army” with “military”. The US military is unrivaled in strength not just because of its army, but also because of its air force and navy, both of which are bigger than the rest of the world’s air forces and navies combined. Today, however, we are going to be focusing purely on the size of various armies. So, without further ado, these are the 25 biggest armies in the world!
Mexico - 417,550
Although roughly half of its soldiers are reserve, Mexico can mobilize nearly half a million troops if necessary. 3 out of every 1000 people are in the army.
Malaysia - 429,900
Out of 429,900 soldiers, 269,300 are paramilitary. Worth noting, however, is that the vast majority of the paramilitary force consists of the People’s Volunteer Corps. In total, 13.9 people out of every 1000 are in the army.
Belarus - 447,500
This former Soviet Republic and current hermit state has a total army of 447,500 soldiers. Only 48,000 of those soldiers are active duty though. Unlike Malaysia and Mexico, Belarus is highly militarized with nearly 50 people out of every 1000 serving in the army.
Algeria - 467,200
With about 1/3 of its army being active, the other 2/3 are reserve and paramilitary. About 11 people out of every 1000 serve in the army.
Singapore - 504,100
In spite of only having 5.7 million people, its army counts over half a million soldiers. 87.2 people out of every 1000 in this small city-state serve in the army. As of yet, Singapore is the most militarized country on our list.
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