This map layer presents the number of military personnel consisting of soldiers and paramilitaries for 2017 of all available countries, classified in six categories.
Example of how to read the map:
In 2017, the government of Mali employed 17,800 people as soldiers and paramilitaries.
The graphics show the five countries with the highest and the five countries with the lowest amount of military personnel in 2017.
IISS - International Institute for Strategic Studies
In its annual Military Balance, the IISS publishes data on military personnel. The international institute provides research-based policy advice and deals with military and strategic questions. In the annual Military Balance, it provides information on the number of soldiers, weapons, population and GDP of up to 171 countries. A detailed list can be found of a respective country’s weapons and soldiers (including recruits and paramilitaries). The IISS also assesses the military capacities and arms economies.