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Countries with the Most Military Troops

Name the twenty countries with the most active military troops.
As of late January 2018, according to Wikipedia
Last updated: January 27, 2018
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Troops
Country
2,183,000
China
1,395,100
India
1,347,300
United States
1,190,000
North Korea
1,013,000
Russia
653,800
Pakistan
630,000
South Korea
Troops
Country
523,000
Iran
482,000
Vietnam
438,500
Egypt
406,000
Myanmar
395,500
Indonesia
360,850
Thailand
355,200
Turkey
Troops
Country
334,500
Brazil
293,200
Colombia
277,150
Mexico
247,150
Japan
244,300
Sudan
243,000
Sri Lanka
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level 33
May 13, 2012
Nice one!
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level 36
May 15, 2012
nice quiz :)
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level 55
May 23, 2012
Good quiz, I got them all!
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level 39
Jul 24, 2012
good quiz, surprised not to see the UK on there! well it seems our military punches above its weight then!
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level 52
Dec 17, 2012
Syria and Colombia! C'mon! I always miss those two nations.
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level 69
Mar 30, 2014
I missed those exact ones!
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level 43
May 9, 2014
I guess Colombia last and did not have time for Syria.. (facepalm)
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level 53
Jan 25, 2013
France! Ha! Cheese eating surrender monkeys.
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level 44
May 9, 2013
Third in military spending... how much do white flags cost these days?!?
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level 71
Oct 9, 2013
A lot less than jack boots, which is why France spends less than the USA :o)
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level 73
May 24, 2016
What are you even talking about?
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level 73
May 5, 2013
There are some countries with active reserves 10 or more times larger than some of these standing armies. http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/30947/countries-largest-military-reserves
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level 39
May 20, 2013
You can see who the developed countries are by looking at how precise their figures are. Turkey = 666,576 whereas Syria = 325,000 :)
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level 29
Jul 15, 2013
Turkey isn't really considered a "developed" country though...it's one of those few countries that are labelled as a "second world" country, so they're far more developed than the likes of Syria and Indonesia, but still as developed as the likes of France and Germany
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level 80
May 9, 2014
That's not what "Second World" means. It is an outdated term for Socialist and Eastern Bloc countries from the days of the Cold War. First World designated the USA, UK, and their allies, while Third World was essentially everybody else. Turkey, as a member of NATO, was by all means a First World country.
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level 73
May 11, 2014
Since the Cold War is a thing of the past the meanings of these terms have evolved.. 1st world meaning developed and highly industrialized countries, 3rd world meaning undeveloped countries, and 2nd sometimes used to refer to developing countries that are industrialized but not at the level of 1st world countries... the original definition is outdated, and 3rd world used to refer to countries that were not affiliated with either the USA or USSR, it was only by coincidence (probably because they were not strategically important) that these countries all also happened to be undeveloped and poor. And thus, the meaning of the terms changed over time as people were not aware of the original definition but frequently heard of poor countries being referred to as "3rd world."
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level ∞
May 12, 2014
First world = safe to drink the tap water.
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level 57
Apr 21, 2017
What about here in Belize where tap water is potable in big cities, but still unclean in villages and very small towns?
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level 55
Aug 31, 2013
The UK has 205,000 in active service and 182,000 in reserve
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level 66
Sep 27, 2013
Liechtenstein isn't on here? I'm shocked!
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level 37
May 9, 2014
I'm more shocked by the lack of Nauru on the quiz. Nauru has a massive, well trained army, that is a severe threat to places like the Marshall Islands and Kiribati. I think we might see a war erupt thanks to Nauru's militarism.
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level 42
Dec 23, 2015
Liechtenstein doesn't have an army. Though they supplied men to the NAZI forces on Operation Barbossa.
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level 60
May 24, 2016
What about the Vatican? They are surrounded by friendly Italy, they need to actively protect themselves at all times!
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level 47
Apr 24, 2017
I am more surprised by the fact that Andorra is not here. After all, it is surrounded by Spain and France, both of which have significantly more people, land, and money.
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level 66
Dec 18, 2017
They get round that problem by calling the President of France 'The Prince of Andorra' shares a co-principality with the Catholic Bishop of Urgell (Catalonia, Spain). (that must make the President of France a reigning Monarch)
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level 25
Mar 3, 2018
You may like this 1960s tribute to Andorra's defense budget https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOCWTRJCnf0
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level 40
Oct 9, 2013
guiz.. weres costa rica?
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level 35
Dec 18, 2015
Costa Rica doesn't have an army
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level 28
May 24, 2016
I think you might have missed the sarcasm there...
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level 23
Dec 8, 2013
Yo!!!! Quizmasterastan, you really need to change Burma to Myanmar. I know you accepted Myanmar, but use correct terminology. I checked on the website and it said Burma, so it's not really your fault.
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level 33
Dec 10, 2013
Only Thailand and Vietnam for me. Meh- it k
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level 74
May 9, 2014
What about Kronos, the Klingon homeland?
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level 40
May 11, 2014
that's Qo'noS so you're double-wrong
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level 55
Nov 2, 2015
please accept kronos!!!
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level 39
May 12, 2014
I only got 2 wrong! 19/21 90%
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level 66
Nov 30, 2014
Why would Brazil need Three Hundred and Twenty Seven Thousand soldiers?
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level 74
Mar 3, 2018
Brazil has a large coastline to patrol and borders ten countries, some of which have huge drug cartels. Their military also works on infrastructure projects. It's a huge area and those numbers don't seem extraordinary to me.
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level 47
Aug 6, 2015
Taiwan is technically part of China (Peoples republic of)
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level 66
May 24, 2016
perhaps you should go there 'Orangeajgreen' and explain it to the Taiwanese people.
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level 46
Aug 8, 2015
No hope of world peace with all these countries and their armies :(
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level 57
May 24, 2016
There is a school of thought in political science that the only way to achieve peace is through building armies. The thinking is basically that if you knew you might have to go up against a powerful army of five million, you'd probably behave yourself rather than risk the fight. Basically, if you bumped into a menacing, 280-pound guy in a bar, you'd probably apologize rather than pick a fight. I think it's a simplistic position, but it makes some sense.
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level 77
May 24, 2016
To put it succinctly; si vis pacem, para bellum. ;)
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level 66
Jan 27, 2017
Then again, you may go away, find a group of 280 pound bullies and go back to the bar and beat the ' bejabers'out of the bar bully.
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level 66
May 9, 2016
Many of these countries receive financial aid, and then go on to build massive armies and buy jet aircraft etc. .......... does nobody find this sickening?
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level 57
May 24, 2016
That is the point of financial aid. The UK (for example) invests in the Indian space programme, and the Indian government buys aerospace equipment from BAE Systems, a UK-based company, which creates jobs in the UK. It's not us altruistically giving money to help poorer nations because we're nice, it's investment in overseas markets which increases opportunities for the UK. The same applies elsewhere.
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level 66
Jan 27, 2017
Great idea but it doesn't really work. UK are the 17th greatest exporters to India. Even a country such as Belgium (1/6th the size of UK) exports more to India and they don't give umpteen millions in aid to India to get the benefit.
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level 73
May 24, 2016
YAY!!! DPRK and ROK work finally. Thank you QM.
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level 53
May 24, 2016
=/ I could have sworn I typed in south korea, but I guess not
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level 60
May 27, 2016
Please accept Republic of China for "Taiwan" There is no country on Earth that calls itself Taiwan. There might be a Republic of Taiwan in the future but there isn't one yet. As of now Taiwan is a geographic location but it is technically not a political one.
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level 53
Dec 17, 2017
You're right, no other country calls themselves "Taiwan," or else it would be 196 Taiwans of the World.
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level 67
Dec 19, 2017
His point is that Taiwan don't call themselves Taiwan either.
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level 46
Mar 4, 2018
Can you take a joke Kenpo?
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level 33
May 27, 2016
I said south Korea like a million times and it still didn't accept it
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level 58
Apr 21, 2017
Maybe you should try writing it instead?
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level 66
Oct 6, 2017
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level 70
Oct 8, 2018
or even typing it
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level 42
May 29, 2016
First quiz I think that I have got above average score on. Certainly wouldnt have guessed it would have been this one of all of them. Any where there are a few usa-based questions/answers then I will be lower than average. Thank you questionmaster for updating it too! I have to agree with the others about myanmar. Finally it has been updated.
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level 32
Jun 6, 2016
colombia, wtf
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level 74
Mar 3, 2018
Lots of internal strife - leftist rebels and drug cartels.
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level 60
Dec 19, 2016
I'm very surprised not to see Israel on this list. I thought they were all about their army.
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level 47
Dec 19, 2016
The list is not per capita so obviously Israel isn't on the list with their population of 8 million.
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level 39
Jan 11, 2017
Got all except Myanmar! nice quiz
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level 46
May 1, 2017
Vatican?
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level 53
Dec 17, 2017
Man, I thought the same!
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level 57
Jun 5, 2017
Surprised I didn't see Eritrea here.
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level 41
Oct 6, 2017
How did I miss Taiwan lol would have had 100%
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level 57
Dec 18, 2017
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_number_of_military_and_paramilitary_personnel
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level 43
Jan 28, 2018
missed on sri lanka
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level 73
Mar 3, 2018
Took me a while to get that one, too.
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level 58
Mar 3, 2018
Only missed two. I was going to guess Sri Lanka, but then second guessed myself and didn't think it would be on here. I don't know why I didn't think to guess Syria though.
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level 9
Mar 4, 2018
wow sri lanka?~
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level 70
Mar 15, 2018
Surprised Taiwan misses out. Also amazing how small European militaries have become - once this list would have been completely dominated by Europe.
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level 57
May 20, 2018
Quality over quantity. The most powerful European countries now prefer professionalism and training over numbers.
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level 66
Apr 11, 2018
China has 0.227 soldiers per square Km. USA has 0.137 S per Km2, Russia 0.06 S per Km2, North Korea 9.87 soldiers per Km2.... interesting yes?
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level 43
Apr 26, 2018
See if the Countries with the most troops are also on the list of the 50 Most Powerful Military Nations
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level 38
Apr 29, 2018
I've lost a point because of Srí Lanka. Danke schön!
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level 68
Sep 9, 2018
Can someone explain why Japan can have 250,000 soldiers when the 9th article of the Japanese Constitution forbids it? Also, is China such a big threat to Japan that they need so many soldiers?
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level 70
Oct 8, 2018
As far as I understand it, their army is purely for defence and that is allowed. The military may be used in law and order, disaster response and as a form of welfare giving youth some training and discipline... And yes, China is threatening the stability of east Asia