European Union Military Size 1985-2022

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.
  • European Union military size for 2018 was 1,919,805.00, a 0.04% increase from 2017.
  • European Union military size for 2017 was 1,919,000.00, a 2.47% decline from 2016.
  • European Union military size for 2016 was 1,967,550.00, a 0.59% decline from 2015.
  • European Union military size for 2015 was 1,979,130.00, a 0.8% decline from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Number of People
World 27,642,295.00
East Asia & Pacific 8,144,490.00
OECD members 5,953,405.00
South Asia 4,899,850.00
Latin America & Caribbean 2,804,380.00
European Union 1,919,805.00
Sub-Saharan Africa 1,840,270.00
North America 1,452,200.00
Euro Area 1,449,660.00
European Union Military Size - Historical Data
Year Number of People Annual % Change
2018 1,919,805.00 0.04%
2017 1,919,000.00 -2.47%
2016 1,967,550.00 -0.59%
2015 1,979,130.00 -0.80%
2014 1,995,100.00 -0.51%
2013 2,005,400.00 -0.99%
2012 2,025,550.00 1.04%
2011 2,004,680.00 -4.59%
2010 2,101,107.00 1.55%
2009 2,069,093.00 -8.24%
2008 2,254,962.00 -0.13%
2007 2,257,862.00 -1.61%
2006 2,294,862.00 -4.89%
2005 2,412,862.00 0.87%
2004 2,392,112.00 -5.70%
2003 2,536,700.00 -4.19%
2002 2,647,500.00 -1.65%
2001 2,691,900.00 -5.94%
2000 2,862,000.00 -7.28%
1999 3,086,780.00 -4.36%
1998 3,227,500.00 -2.32%
1997 3,304,110.00 -4.82%
1996 3,471,450.00 -2.41%
1995 3,557,200.00 18.10%
1994 3,012,000.00 -0.03%
1993 3,013,000.00 -1.08%
1992 3,046,000.00 -2.03%
1991 3,109,000.00 -3.06%
1990 3,207,000.00 -5.31%
1989 3,387,000.00 9.48%
1985 3,093,700.00 9.48%