Iran 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.
  • Iran military size for 2018 was 650,000.00, a 15.45% increase from 2017.
  • Iran military size for 2017 was 563,000.00, a 0% increase from 2016.
  • Iran military size for 2016 was 563,000.00, a 0% increase from 2015.
  • Iran military size for 2015 was 563,000.00, a 0% increase from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Number of People
China 2,695,000.00
Russia 1,454,000.00
Brazil 761,500.00
Iran 650,000.00
Turkey 512,200.00
Colombia 481,200.00
Thailand 454,850.00
Mexico 348,000.00
Venezuela 343,000.00
Iraq 336,000.00
Algeria 317,000.00
Peru 158,000.00
Belarus 155,350.00
Malaysia 136,000.00
Romania 126,600.00
Jordan 101,500.00
South Africa 89,650.00
Azerbaijan 81,950.00
Lebanon 80,000.00
Cuba 76,000.00
Dominican Republic 71,050.00
Kazakhstan 71,000.00
Armenia 48,800.00
Guatemala 43,050.00
Turkmenistan 41,500.00
Ecuador 41,250.00
Bulgaria 36,950.00
Serbia 32,150.00
Paraguay 28,950.00
North Macedonia 16,000.00
Namibia 15,900.00
Montenegro 12,350.00
Bosnia 10,500.00
Costa Rica 10,000.00
Albania 9,000.00
Botswana 9,000.00
Gabon 6,700.00
Jamaica 5,950.00
Fiji 4,040.00
Guyana 3,400.00
Mauritius 3,000.00
Suriname 1,840.00
Belize 1,500.00
Equatorial Guinea 1,450.00
Iran Military Size - Historical Data
Year Number of People Annual % Change
2018 650,000.00 15.45%
2017 563,000.00 0.00%
2016 563,000.00 0.00%
2015 563,000.00 0.00%
2014 563,000.00 0.00%
2013 563,000.00 0.00%
2012 563,000.00 0.00%
2011 563,000.00 0.00%
2010 563,000.00 0.00%
2009 563,000.00 0.00%
2008 563,000.00 0.00%
2007 563,000.00 -3.76%
2006 585,000.00 0.00%
2005 585,000.00 27.17%
2004 460,000.00 -20.69%
2003 580,000.00 3.57%
2002 560,000.00 1.27%
2001 553,000.00 -26.56%
2000 753,000.00 -4.15%
1999 785,600.00 -4.20%
1998 820,000.00 -5.53%
1997 868,000.00 0.58%
1996 863,000.00 13.11%
1995 763,000.00 44.51%
1994 528,000.00 0.00%
1993 528,000.00 0.00%
1992 528,000.00 13.55%
1991 465,000.00 5.68%
1990 440,000.00 -27.15%
1989 604,000.00 -0.98%
1985 610,000.00 -0.98%