This map layer compares the number of the five categories of reservists of all available countries to the population, per 10,000 inhabitants, for the year 2017.
Reservists are inactive, former soldiers who can be activated for military and civilian deployments when needed. Their length of inactive service differs from country to country; in Germany, for instance, there is an age limit that depends on the former military career while in other countries, it is a lifelong obligation. In addition, there are country-specific on-call regulations that, depending on the emergency situation, determine who of the reservists will be called up for service. Therefore, a direct comparison of numbers of reservists can only be made under reservation.