Sitting right atop Lebanon, which sits right above Israel, the Republic of Turkey is one of the few nations that are a part of the geographical space that is called Eurasia. Turkey has a current population of 79,414,269 of which 410,500 serve actively in the military and another 185,630 are on reserve duty. Turkey has 1,007 air crafts, 3,778 tanks and 115 ships.
Japan sits on the most eastern point of the Asian mainland continent. The nation’s army is unlike any other nation in the fact that it has a Self-Defense Force. What that means is that they have a right to engage with any nation that has attacked them, no matter what. At this point in time, Japan has 250,000 soldiers and 57,900 reservists. They also have 1,590 air crafts, 678 tanks and 131 ships.
Germany has been a powerful nation for decades. The Federal Republic of Germany as it is officially called is a federal parliamentary republic. The country’s military is made up of the Army and special forces, Navy, Air Force, and Joint Support Service. There are currently 180,000 soldiers and 145,000 reservists. They hold 676 air crafts, 408 tanks and 81 naval vessels.
7. South Korea
First and foremost, South Korea needed to protect itself from North Korea, which is why they have the 7th strongest army in the world. The government allocates much of the fiscal budget to the military and the constant upgrade of its ranks. Today, the Republic of Korea has 625,000 active soldiers and 2,900,000 reservists! The goods that they hold in terms of tools are 1,451 air crafts, 2,381 tanks and 166 naval vessels.
The French Republic has been a part of almost every major international conflict since the beginning of time. France is also known for its own internal issues and civil wars, as well as attempting to conquer nations outside their borders and oceans. These days, France has a population of 66,553,766 of which there are 205,000 soldiers, 195,770 reservists and holds 1,282 air crafts, 423 tanks and 113 ships.
5. United Kingdom
The United Kingdom has been a powerful nation from its beginning. It is one of the oldest organized countries and has said to be the root of many current cultures. Her Majesty’s Armed Forces are a very proud and vital part of the nation’s structure. Queen Elizabeth II holds the title of Commander-in-Chief, while the Secretary of State for Defence advises. The United Kingdom has 150,000 soldiers and 182,000 reservists. Additionally, the UK has 879 air crafts, 407 tanks and 66 naval vessels.
The Republic of India is located in South Asia and is the seventh-largest country in the world. India is the second most populated nation in the world next to China. There are currently 1,251,695,584 (that’s billions) people in the country. While the country is broken down into states and provinces, the military is all-inclusive. There are 1,325,000 active soldiers and 2,143,000 reservists. India also has 2,086 air crafts, 6,464 tanks and 202 ships to its name.
The People’s Republic of China is the most populated country in the world and is run by a government that is part of the Communist Party. There are 22 provinces in China, while the Central Military Commission is in charge of the entire country. The military budget in China is the largest in the world. They currently have 2,335,000 active frontline personnel and 2,300,000 reservists. China also holds 2,942 air crafts, 9,150 tanks and 673 naval vessels.
There is no way a list such as this one wouldn’t include a country like Russia. At number two, Russia’s army is stronger than 124 other nations in the world. They overpower most nations in the amount of military tools they have – 3,547 air crafts, 15,398 tanks and 352 ships – as well as in personnel – 766,055 active service members and 2,485,000 reservists. Russia has also been one of the only nations to actively use their military to take part in other international conflicts and send their military vessels to the ‘aid’ of whom they see fit.
1. United States of America
In the most unsurprising countdown to date, the United States of America is number one when it comes to military power. The Unites States has a perfect combination of military personnel numbers and military tool numbers. The spending budget in the United States on the military is the highest and is only getting higher (it jumped up after September 11th, 2001, naturally). The current population of the United States is 321,368,864 of which 1,400,000 are active frontline personnel and 1,100,000 are reservists. The US has 13,444 air crafts, 8,848 tanks and 473 naval vessels.