U.S. Military Size 1985-2020

NOTE: All 2020 and later data are UN projections and DO NOT include any impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
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.
  • U.S. military size for 2017 was 1,359,000.00, a 0.79% increase from 2016.
  • U.S. military size for 2016 was 1,348,400.00, a 0.08% increase from 2015.
  • U.S. military size for 2015 was 1,347,300.00, a 2.46% decline from 2014.
  • U.S. military size for 2014 was 1,381,250.00, a 3.62% decline from 2013.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Number of People
United States 1,359,000.00
South Korea 634,000.00
Italy 347,000.00
France 307,000.00
Japan 261,000.00
Saudi Arabia 252,000.00
Spain 196,000.00
Poland 191,000.00
Germany 180,000.00
Israel 178,000.00
United Kingdom 148,000.00
Greece 146,000.00
Chile 122,000.00
Argentina 105,000.00
Singapore 81,000.00
Canada 72,000.00
UAE 63,000.00
Australia 58,000.00
Portugal 52,000.00
Oman 47,000.00
Netherlands 41,000.00
Hungary 40,000.00
Lithuania 34,000.00
Belgium 32,000.00
Sweden 30,000.00
Panama 26,000.00
Kuwait 25,000.00
Finland 25,000.00
Czech Republic 23,000.00
Norway 23,000.00
Qatar 22,000.00
Uruguay 22,000.00
Austria 21,000.00
Switzerland 21,000.00
Bahrain 19,000.00
Croatia 18,000.00
Slovak Republic 16,000.00
Cyprus 16,000.00
Denmark 15,000.00
Ireland 9,000.00
New Zealand 9,000.00
Brunei 8,000.00
Slovenia 7,000.00
Estonia 6,000.00
Latvia 6,000.00
Trinidad and Tobago 4,000.00
Luxembourg 2,000.00
Malta 2,000.00
Barbados 1,000.00
Bahamas 1,000.00
Antigua and Barbuda 0.00
Iceland 0.00
Seychelles 0.00
U.S. Military Size - Historical Data
Year Number of People Annual % Change
2017 1,359,000.00 0.79%
2016 1,348,400.00 0.08%
2015 1,347,300.00 -2.46%
2014 1,381,250.00 -3.62%
2013 1,433,150.00 -3.96%
2012 1,492,200.00 -1.84%
2011 1,520,100.00 -3.14%
2010 1,569,417.00 0.35%
2009 1,563,996.00 1.56%
2008 1,540,000.00 -0.96%
2007 1,555,000.00 3.81%
2006 1,498,000.00 -3.10%
2005 1,546,000.00 4.96%
2004 1,473,000.00 -0.47%
2003 1,480,000.00 0.89%
2002 1,467,000.00 3.26%
2001 1,420,700.00 -2.34%
2000 1,454,800.00 -7.63%
1999 1,575,000.00 -1.19%
1998 1,594,000.00 3.96%
1997 1,533,300.00 -2.47%
1996 1,572,100.00 -3.88%
1995 1,635,600.00 -4.91%
1994 1,720,000.00 -5.49%
1993 1,820,000.00 -5.21%
1992 1,920,000.00 -9.43%
1991 2,120,000.00 -2.75%
1990 2,180,000.00 -2.68%
1989 2,240,000.00 4.11%
1985 2,151,600.00 4.11%