Nigeria 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.
  • Nigeria military size for 2018 was 223,000.00, a 3.72% increase from 2017.
  • Nigeria military size for 2017 was 215,000.00, a 7.5% increase from 2016.
  • Nigeria military size for 2016 was 200,000.00, a 0% increase from 2015.
  • Nigeria military size for 2015 was 200,000.00, a 23.46% increase from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Number of People
India 3,026,500.00
Pakistan 944,800.00
Egypt 835,500.00
Indonesia 675,500.00
Vietnam 522,000.00
Myanmar 513,000.00
Sri Lanka 317,000.00
Ukraine 297,000.00
Morocco 245,800.00
Bangladesh 227,050.00
Nigeria 223,000.00
Cambodia 191,300.00
Philippines 153,350.00
Lao PDR 129,100.00
Sudan 124,300.00
Angola 117,000.00
Bolivia 71,100.00
Uzbekistan 68,000.00
Tunisia 47,800.00
El Salvador 41,500.00
Cameroon 34,400.00
Kenya 29,100.00
Georgia 25,650.00
Honduras 22,950.00
Kyrgyz Republic 20,900.00
Mauritania 20,850.00
Mongolia 17,700.00
Zambia 16,100.00
Ghana 15,500.00
Djibouti 13,450.00
Nicaragua 12,000.00
Congo, Rep. 12,000.00
Moldova 6,150.00
Papua New Guinea 3,600.00
Timor-Leste 2,200.00
Lesotho 2,000.00
Cabo Verde 1,200.00
Nigeria Military Size - Historical Data
Year Number of People Annual % Change
2018 223,000.00 3.72%
2017 215,000.00 7.50%
2016 200,000.00 0.00%
2015 200,000.00 23.46%
2014 162,000.00 0.00%
2013 162,000.00 0.00%
2012 162,000.00 0.00%
2011 162,000.00 0.00%
2010 162,000.00 0.00%
2009 162,000.00 0.00%
2008 162,000.00 0.00%
2007 162,000.00 0.00%
2006 162,000.00 0.62%
2005 161,000.00 0.63%
2004 160,000.00 -0.31%
2003 160,500.00 0.00%
2002 160,500.00 0.00%
2001 160,500.00 50.70%
2000 106,500.00 -14.11%
1999 124,000.00 15.89%
1998 107,000.00 0.00%
1997 107,000.00 20.09%
1996 89,100.00 0.00%
1995 89,100.00 11.38%
1994 80,000.00 5.26%
1993 76,000.00 0.00%
1992 76,000.00 -19.15%
1991 94,000.00 0.00%
1990 94,000.00 -12.15%
1989 107,000.00 13.83%
1985 94,000.00 13.83%