South Africa 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 Africa military size for 2018 was 89,650.00, a 12.06% increase from 2017.
  • South Africa military size for 2017 was 80,000.00, a 1.72% decline from 2016.
  • South Africa military size for 2016 was 81,400.00, a 0.91% decline from 2015.
  • South Africa military size for 2015 was 82,150.00, a 0.12% decline from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Number of People
China 2,695,000.00
Russia 1,454,000.00
Brazil 761,500.00
Iran 650,000.00
Turkey 512,200.00
Colombia 481,200.00
Thailand 454,850.00
Mexico 348,000.00
Venezuela 343,000.00
Iraq 336,000.00
Algeria 317,000.00
Peru 158,000.00
Belarus 155,350.00
Malaysia 136,000.00
Romania 126,600.00
Jordan 101,500.00
South Africa 89,650.00
Azerbaijan 81,950.00
Lebanon 80,000.00
Cuba 76,000.00
Dominican Republic 71,050.00
Kazakhstan 71,000.00
Armenia 48,800.00
Guatemala 43,050.00
Turkmenistan 41,500.00
Ecuador 41,250.00
Bulgaria 36,950.00
Serbia 32,150.00
Paraguay 28,950.00
North Macedonia 16,000.00
Namibia 15,900.00
Montenegro 12,350.00
Bosnia 10,500.00
Costa Rica 10,000.00
Albania 9,000.00
Botswana 9,000.00
Gabon 6,700.00
Jamaica 5,950.00
Fiji 4,040.00
Guyana 3,400.00
Mauritius 3,000.00
Suriname 1,840.00
Belize 1,500.00
Equatorial Guinea 1,450.00
South Africa Military Size - Historical Data
Year Number of People Annual % Change
2018 89,650.00 12.06%
2017 80,000.00 -1.72%
2016 81,400.00 -0.91%
2015 82,150.00 -0.12%
2014 82,250.00 6.61%
2013 77,150.00 24.24%
2012 62,100.00 -19.96%
2011 77,582.00 0.56%
2010 77,153.00 0.00%
2009 77,153.00 24.44%
2008 62,000.00 0.00%
2007 62,000.00 -39.81%
2006 103,000.00 83.93%
2005 56,000.00 1.82%
2004 55,000.00 -1.26%
2003 55,700.00 -7.17%
2002 60,000.00 -10.45%
2001 67,000.00 -6.42%
2000 71,600.00 -8.38%
1999 78,150.00 -63.08%
1998 211,700.00 -2.64%
1997 217,440.00 -21.76%
1996 277,900.00 0.36%
1995 276,900.00 269.20%
1994 75,000.00 0.00%
1993 75,000.00 0.00%
1992 75,000.00 -6.25%
1991 80,000.00 -5.88%
1990 85,000.00 -15.00%
1989 100,000.00 -6.02%
1985 106,400.00 -6.02%