Afghanistan Military Size 1985-2021

Armed forces personnel are active duty military personnel, including paramilitary forces if the training, organization, equipment, and control suggest they may be used to support or replace regular military forces.
  • Afghanistan military size for 2018 was 272,900.00, a 15.51% decline from 2017.
  • Afghanistan military size for 2017 was 323,000.00, a 0% increase from 2016.
  • Afghanistan military size for 2016 was 323,000.00, a 1.13% increase from 2015.
  • Afghanistan military size for 2015 was 319,400.00, a 3.43% increase from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Number of People
North Korea 1,469,000.00
Afghanistan 272,900.00
Syrian Arab Republic 257,500.00
Eritrea 201,750.00
South Sudan 185,000.00
Ethiopia 138,000.00
Congo, Dem. Rep. 134,250.00
Nepal 111,600.00
Burundi 51,050.00
Zimbabwe 51,000.00
Uganda 46,000.00
Rwanda 35,000.00
Chad 32,850.00
Tanzania 28,000.00
Madagascar 21,500.00
Mali 21,000.00
Yemen 20,000.00
Somalia 19,800.00
Senegal 18,600.00
Tajikistan 16,800.00
Malawi 14,700.00
Guinea 12,700.00
Benin 12,250.00
Burkina Faso 11,200.00
Mozambique 11,200.00
Niger 10,300.00
Central African Republic 10,150.00
Togo 9,550.00
Sierra Leone 8,500.00
Guinea-Bissau 4,450.00
Liberia 2,100.00
Gambia 800.00
Haiti 500.00
Afghanistan Military Size - Historical Data
Year Number of People Annual % Change
2018 272,900.00 -15.51%
2017 323,000.00 0.00%
2016 323,000.00 1.13%
2015 319,400.00 3.43%
2014 308,800.00 -6.61%
2013 330,650.00 -2.22%
2012 338,150.00 -0.65%
2011 340,350.00 10.94%
2010 306,800.00 19.96%
2009 255,745.00 172.07%
2008 94,000.00 84.31%
2007 51,000.00 0.00%
2006 51,000.00 88.89%
2005 27,000.00 0.00%
2004 27,000.00 -79.23%
2003 130,000.00 8.33%
2002 120,000.00 -70.00%
2000 400,000.00 0.00%
1999 400,000.00 0.00%
1998 400,000.00 -6.76%
1997 429,000.00 0.00%
1996 429,000.00 12.01%
1995 383,000.00 751.11%
1994 45,000.00 0.00%
1993 45,000.00 0.00%
1992 45,000.00 0.00%
1991 45,000.00 -22.41%
1990 58,000.00 5.45%
1989 55,000.00 17.02%
1985 47,000.00 17.02%