Somalia 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.
  • Somalia military size for 2018 was 19,800.00, a 1% decline from 2017.
  • Somalia military size for 2017 was 20,000.00, a 1.01% increase from 2016.
  • Somalia military size for 2016 was 19,800.00, a 0% increase from 2015.
  • Somalia military size for 2015 was 19,800.00, a 16.47% increase from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Number of People
North Korea 1,469,000.00
Afghanistan 272,900.00
Syrian Arab Republic 257,500.00
Eritrea 201,750.00
South Sudan 185,000.00
Ethiopia 138,000.00
Congo, Dem. Rep. 134,250.00
Nepal 111,600.00
Burundi 51,050.00
Zimbabwe 51,000.00
Uganda 46,000.00
Rwanda 35,000.00
Chad 32,850.00
Tanzania 28,000.00
Madagascar 21,500.00
Mali 21,000.00
Yemen 20,000.00
Somalia 19,800.00
Senegal 18,600.00
Tajikistan 16,800.00
Malawi 14,700.00
Guinea 12,700.00
Benin 12,250.00
Mozambique 11,200.00
Burkina Faso 11,200.00
Niger 10,300.00
Central African Republic 10,150.00
Togo 9,550.00
Sierra Leone 8,500.00
Guinea-Bissau 4,450.00
Liberia 2,100.00
Gambia 800.00
Haiti 500.00
Somalia Military Size - Historical Data
Year Number of People Annual % Change
2018 19,800.00 -1.00%
2017 20,000.00 1.01%
2016 19,800.00 0.00%
2015 19,800.00 16.47%
2014 17,000.00 54.55%
2013 11,000.00 -45.00%
2012 20,000.00 525.00%
2011 3,200.00 60.00%
2010 2,000.00 0.00%
2009 2,000.00 -96.00%
2000 50,000.00 0.00%
1999 50,000.00 -77.78%
1998 225,000.00 0.00%
1997 225,000.00 0.00%
1996 225,000.00 0.00%
1995 225,000.00 378.72%
1990 47,000.00 0.00%
1989 47,000.00 -25.04%
1985 62,700.00 -25.04%