U.K. 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.
  • U.K. military size for 2019 was 149,000.00, a 0.37% increase from 2018.
  • U.K. military size for 2018 was 148,450.00, a 0.3% increase from 2017.
  • U.K. military size for 2017 was 148,000.00, a 1.5% decline from 2016.
  • U.K. military size for 2016 was 150,250.00, a 1.38% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Number of People
United States 1,388,000.00
South Korea 613,000.00
Italy 342,000.00
France 304,000.00
Japan 261,000.00
Saudi Arabia 252,000.00
Spain 199,000.00
Poland 189,000.00
Germany 184,000.00
Israel 178,000.00
United Kingdom 149,000.00
Greece 147,000.00
Chile 122,000.00
Argentina 103,000.00
Canada 72,000.00
UAE 63,000.00
Australia 59,000.00
Singapore 59,000.00
Portugal 52,000.00
Oman 47,000.00
Netherlands 41,000.00
Hungary 40,000.00
Lithuania 37,000.00
Panama 28,000.00
Finland 27,000.00
Belgium 26,000.00
Kuwait 25,000.00
Czech Republic 25,000.00
Norway 23,000.00
Qatar 22,000.00
Uruguay 22,000.00
Austria 22,000.00
Switzerland 20,000.00
Bahrain 19,000.00
Croatia 18,000.00
Slovak Republic 16,000.00
Cyprus 16,000.00
Denmark 15,000.00
Sweden 15,000.00
Ireland 9,000.00
New Zealand 9,000.00
Brunei 8,000.00
Estonia 7,000.00
Slovenia 7,000.00
Latvia 6,000.00
Trinidad and Tobago 5,000.00
Malta 2,000.00
Bahamas 2,000.00
Luxembourg 1,000.00
Barbados 1,000.00
Antigua and Barbuda 0.00
Iceland 0.00
Seychelles 0.00
U.K. Military Size - Historical Data
Year Number of People Annual % Change
2019 149,000.00 0.37%
2018 148,450.00 0.30%
2017 148,000.00 -1.50%
2016 150,250.00 -1.38%
2015 152,350.00 -1.52%
2014 154,700.00 -2.80%
2013 159,150.00 -5.91%
2012 169,150.00 2.11%
2011 165,650.00 -4.81%
2010 174,020.00 -2.49%
2009 178,470.00 11.54%
2008 160,000.00 0.00%
2007 160,000.00 -11.60%
2006 181,000.00 -16.59%
2005 217,000.00 5.85%
2004 205,000.00 -3.57%
2003 212,600.00 1.05%
2002 210,400.00 -0.47%
2001 211,400.00 -0.52%
2000 212,500.00 -2.52%
1999 218,000.00 0.00%
1998 218,000.00 0.00%
1997 218,000.00 -1.36%
1996 221,000.00 -5.15%
1995 233,000.00 -9.34%
1994 257,000.00 -5.17%
1993 271,000.00 -7.51%
1992 293,000.00 -2.66%
1991 301,000.00 -2.27%
1990 308,000.00 -3.14%
1989 318,000.00 -4.79%
1985 334,000.00 -4.79%