U.K. 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.
  • 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.
  • U.K. military size for 2015 was 152,350.00, a 1.52% decline from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Number of People
United States 1,379,800.00
South Korea 608,000.00
Italy 341,500.00
France 304,800.00
Japan 261,150.00
Saudi Arabia 252,000.00
Poland 196,700.00
Spain 196,350.00
Germany 181,400.00
Israel 177,500.00
United Kingdom 148,450.00
Greece 147,850.00
Chile 122,200.00
Argentina 105,200.00
Canada 72,400.00
UAE 63,000.00
Singapore 59,000.00
Australia 58,100.00
Portugal 52,250.00
Oman 46,600.00
Netherlands 41,410.00
Hungary 39,800.00
Lithuania 39,550.00
Belgium 31,500.00
Panama 26,000.00
Finland 25,200.00
Kuwait 24,500.00
Norway 23,250.00
Austria 22,850.00
Czech Republic 22,245.00
Uruguay 22,100.00
Qatar 21,500.00
Switzerland 21,450.00
Bahrain 19,200.00
Croatia 18,200.00
Cyprus 16,000.00
Slovak Republic 15,850.00
Sweden 15,150.00
Denmark 14,500.00
New Zealand 9,400.00
Ireland 8,650.00
Brunei 8,200.00
Slovenia 7,250.00
Latvia 6,900.00
Estonia 6,700.00
Trinidad and Tobago 4,050.00
Luxembourg 1,900.00
Malta 1,750.00
Bahamas 1,300.00
Barbados 610.00
Seychelles 420.00
Antigua and Barbuda 180.00
U.K. Military Size - Historical Data
Year Number of People Annual % Change
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%