South Korea 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.
  • South Korea military size for 2018 was 608,000.00, a 4.1% decline from 2017.
  • South Korea military size for 2017 was 634,000.00, a 0% increase from 2016.
  • South Korea military size for 2016 was 634,000.00, a 0.08% decline from 2015.
  • South Korea military size for 2015 was 634,500.00, a 0.32% increase 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
South Korea Military Size - Historical Data
Year Number of People Annual % Change
2018 608,000.00 -4.10%
2017 634,000.00 0.00%
2016 634,000.00 -0.08%
2015 634,500.00 0.32%
2014 632,500.00 -4.09%
2013 659,500.00 0.00%
2012 659,500.00 0.00%
2011 659,500.00 0.00%
2010 659,500.00 0.00%
2009 659,500.00 -4.70%
2008 692,000.00 0.00%
2007 692,000.00 0.00%
2006 692,000.00 -0.14%
2005 693,000.00 -0.43%
2004 696,000.00 0.80%
2003 690,500.00 0.00%
2002 690,500.00 0.44%
2001 687,500.00 0.00%
2000 687,500.00 1.63%
1999 676,500.00 0.00%
1998 676,500.00 0.00%
1997 676,500.00 1.27%
1996 668,000.00 4.21%
1995 641,000.00 -14.53%
1994 750,000.00 0.00%
1993 750,000.00 0.00%
1992 750,000.00 0.00%
1991 750,000.00 15.38%
1990 650,000.00 0.46%
1989 647,000.00 8.19%
1985 598,000.00 8.19%