North Korea Military Size 1985-2023

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.
  • North Korea military size for 2019 was 1,469,000.00, a 0% increase from 2018.
  • North Korea military size for 2018 was 1,469,000.00, a 0% increase from 2017.
  • North Korea military size for 2017 was 1,469,000.00, a 0% increase from 2016.
  • North Korea military size for 2016 was 1,469,000.00, a 6.53% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Number of People
North Korea 1,469,000.00
Afghanistan 278,000.00
Syrian Arab Republic 269,000.00
Eritrea 202,000.00
South Sudan 185,000.00
Ethiopia 138,000.00
Democratic Republic of Congo 134,000.00
Nepal 112,000.00
Burundi 51,000.00
Zimbabwe 51,000.00
Uganda 46,000.00
Chad 45,000.00
Yemen 40,000.00
Rwanda 35,000.00
Tanzania 28,000.00
Madagascar 22,000.00
Mali 21,000.00
Somalia 20,000.00
Senegal 19,000.00
Tajikistan 17,000.00
Malawi 15,000.00
Guinea 13,000.00
Benin 12,000.00
Mozambique 11,000.00
Burkina Faso 11,000.00
Niger 10,000.00
Central African Republic 10,000.00
Togo 10,000.00
Sierra Leone 9,000.00
Gambia 4,000.00
Guinea-Bissau 4,000.00
Liberia 2,000.00
Haiti 1,000.00
North Korea Military Size - Historical Data
Year Number of People Annual % Change
2019 1,469,000.00 0.00%
2018 1,469,000.00 0.00%
2017 1,469,000.00 0.00%
2016 1,469,000.00 6.53%
2015 1,379,000.00 0.00%
2014 1,379,000.00 0.00%
2013 1,379,000.00 0.00%
2012 1,379,000.00 0.00%
2011 1,379,000.00 0.00%
2010 1,379,000.00 0.00%
2009 1,379,000.00 6.49%
2008 1,295,000.00 0.00%
2007 1,295,000.00 0.00%
2006 1,295,000.00 0.00%
2005 1,295,000.00 0.00%
2004 1,295,000.00 1.89%
2003 1,271,000.00 0.00%
2002 1,271,000.00 0.00%
2001 1,271,000.00 2.17%
2000 1,244,000.00 0.00%
1999 1,244,000.00 0.00%
1998 1,244,000.00 0.00%
1997 1,244,000.00 6.42%
1996 1,169,000.00 -5.95%
1995 1,243,000.00 13.00%
1994 1,100,000.00 0.00%
1993 1,100,000.00 -8.33%
1992 1,200,000.00 0.00%
1991 1,200,000.00 0.00%
1990 1,200,000.00 15.38%
1989 1,040,000.00 24.11%
1985 838,000.00 24.11%