What is power in terms of Nations in the world? Is the the economy, is it the trade, is it the oil production or good old fashioned size of the infantry. Well it is not easy to summarize all of them and come to conclusion on which is the most powerful nation in the world. However, here we have listed the top 10 countries on the basis on the size of their active military. Weapons do not measure power but the number of the weapon holders just might.
Recently surpassing Vietnam which held this position as the tenth greatest army in the world is Egyptian Armed Forces. Largest in Africa and the Arab World, it consists of the Egyptian Army, Egyptian Navy, Egyptian Air Force and Egyptian Air Defence Command. The Commander-in-Chief is the Field Marshal. Their Russian inventory is being replaced by much sophisticate U.S., French, and British equipment. Although not a NATO member, they remain a strong military and strategic partner also participating in NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue forum. It is on of the strongest in the region with 468,500 armed personnel under command.
The Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran include the IRIA and the IRGC along with the Police Force. They total about 523,000 active personnel excluding Polce Force and the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution. All the branches of armed forces fall under the command of General Headquarters of Armed Forces. It was once feared as the Middle East’s most powerful military by General John Abizaid, chief of US Central Command.
Residing on eighth on our list of gretest army of the world is Pakistan. The Pakistan Armed Forces consist of the Pakistan Army, the Pakistan Navy (including Marines) and the Pakistan Air Force with number of paramilitary forces. China is the leading supplier of military equipments to Pakistan followed by USA, assisting each other on research and develpment of their Military. PAF was formed in 1947 after their independece from the British Empire and since then Pakistan has grown to command eighth largest armed forces in the world with 617,000 personnel.
Turkish Armed Forces known as TAF, consist of the Army, the Navy (naval aviation and naval infantry), Air Force, Gendarmerie and Turkish Coast Guard. From commanding the foces to establishing policies, all is done by General Staff and Necdet Ozel is the Chief or General Staff. With armed personnel of 666,576 in the force, it has one of the greatest number of army in the world falling on 7 on our list.
6. Republic of Korea
The Republic of Korea Armed Forces consist fo four branches, Republic of Korea Army, Republic or Korea Navy, Republic of Korea Marine and Republic of Korea Air Forces. Created in 1984, after the division of the Korean Penninsula, it is one of the largest of standing armed forces in he world. They are going under rapid modernaization assuming wartime operational control by 2015.
5. Russian Federation
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Armed Forces of the Russian Federation was established. The president of Russia commands this fifth largest army of the world with 1,027,000 armed men and women. Its annual defence budget stood about 52.7 billion in 2011.
4. North Korea
The Korean People’s, commonly known in North Korea as the Inmin Gun (People’s Army), are the combined military forces of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Kim Jong-un is the Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army and Chairman of the National Defence Commission. They consist of Army Ground Force, Navy, the Air Force, Strategic Rocket Forces and Special Operation Force. Being the most militarized country in the world today with the fourth largest army in the world with 1,106,000 armed personnel. Military service of 10-years is mandatory for most fit people.
Consisting of Army, Navy, Air Force and Indian Coast Guard supported by Paramilitary forces (Assam Rifles and Special Frontier Force) and various inter-service institutions such as the Strategic Forces Command, India has the third largest active military in the world with 1,325,000 military personnels. The president of India is the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces.
2. United States of America
Known as the United States Armed Forces, they are the second nation with the largest number of active military with 1,458,500 standing military personnels. they consist of Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. The president is the overall head of the military with assistance from United States Department of Defense from which military policies are carried out.
1. People’s Republic of China
Also known as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) it is the unified military organization of all land, sea, strategic missile and air forces of People’s Republic of China. It was established as the military arm of the Communist Party of China and bears the insignia with the characters “Eight One” in Chinese on a red star referring to the date it was formed on 1927, August 1. It is the largest military force with 2,285,000 active standing military in the world.