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The Top Five Largest Armies in The World

A top five list of the world’s largest armies (compiling navy, footsoldiers, and aircraft).

The World’s Largest Armies

5) Russia

Russia’s army is the 5th largest in the world, with roughly 360,000 foot-soldiers, 142,000 battleships, and and air force of 195,000 jets. We all know just how powerful Russia can be when mobilized, they’ve showed us over and over again in WWI and WWII. Total Military Units: 1,027,000.

4) North Korea

What? North Korea has a stronger military than Russia??? Well, no, not exactly. The way these are ranked is by size and number (by total military units). North Korea happens to have 950,000 foot soldiers, which is a lot more than Russia and so they get a higher number of units. North Korea’s navy has 46,000 battleships and their air force consists of 110,000 jets, Russia has triple the Korean Navy and double the Korean air force. Total Military Units: 1,106,000.

3) India

Yes, all those technological brains do make a tough military. India has 1,100,000 foot soldiers, a navy of 55,000 battleships, and an air force of 125,000 jets. Total Military Units: 1,288,000. India is fast becoming the world’s most populated country, and their military may soon grow more powerful.

2) USA

The US military, famous for setting and breaking their own rules all the time, and famous for “saving” the middle-east for “nothing in return”. The american military consists of only 593,327 foot soldiers. But has a navy of 341,588 battleships and an airforce of 336,081 jets. Total Military Units: 1,498,157. American recently spent 2.5 trillion dollars in Afghanistan and Iraq. That money could have gone into research on how to prevent something like oh don’t know, an economic crisis??? America easily has the  largest navy and airforce in the world, but their footsoldiers can get swarmed should they try to mess with say…

1) China!

China, with the largest population in the world, is a fearsome military force. They have 1,600,000 foot soldiers, the most in the world by far. The Chinese navy consists of 255,000 ships, again a massive force. The Chinese air force also consists of 250,000 jets. The difference between these jets and the american ones? Chinese jets are much more devastating, and their drones shatter american ones. Total Military Units: 2,105,000.

All in all, i think its obvious that America has spent the most on military might here. Strangely though, China doesn’t seem all too worried about the USA, while the USA seems very concerned about China’s future. China probably knows something that we don’t.

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  1. Jorge

    On October 30, 2010 at 1:34 pm


    What are your sources? The numbers of ‘battleships’ and jets seem incredibly high.

  2. Jorge

    On October 30, 2010 at 1:34 pm


    What are your sources? The numbers of \’battleships\’ and jets seem incredibly high.

  3. Brian

    On November 23, 2010 at 1:21 pm


    Someone needs to update picture for USA, last time I checked the president was Barack Hussein Obama.

  4. Rishabh

    On March 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm


    You might wanna check your stats India is the second largest army in the world with a total of 1,325,000 troops and 1,300,586 paramilitary troops and 1700-1800 fighter jets and 150-180 Nuclear bombs in their arsenal.
    China is the first with a total of 2,925,000 troops and paramilitary units 1500 fighter jets and 200-250 nuclear bombs.
    US is third with a total of 1,600,000 troops and paramilitary units and 4300 nuclear bombs and 3300 fighter jets and FYI there are a total of 220 battle ships world wide.

  5. John

    On August 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm


    To suggest that the United States “has a navy of 341,588 battleships and an airforce of 336,081 jets” is absurd. I mean think about it. If there were only three people on each ship, then the navy would be comprised of over a million active personnel. Our ships are in the hundreds and our airplanes in the thousands, not hundreds of thousands. Having seen this gross error, I have no confidence in the accuracy of anything else stated on the webpage.

  6. John

    On August 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm


    To suggest that the United States “has a navy of 341,588 battleships and an airforce of 336,081 jets” is absurd. I mean think about it. If there were only three people on each ship, then the navy would be comprised of over a million active personnel. Our ships are in the hundreds and our airplanes in the thousands, not hundreds of thousands. Having seen this gross error, I have no confidence in the accuracy of anything else stated on the webpage.

  7. John

    On August 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm


    To suggest that the United States “has a navy of 341,588 battleships and an airforce of 336,081 jets” is absurd. I mean think about it. If there were only three people on each ship, then the navy would be comprised of over a million active personnel. Our ships are in the hundreds and our airplanes in the thousands, not hundreds of thousands. Having seen this gross error, I have no confidence in the accuracy of anything else stated on the webpage.

  8. John

    On August 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm


    To suggest that the United States “has a navy of 341,588 battleships and an airforce of 336,081 jets” is absurd. I mean think about it. If there were only three people on each ship, then the navy would be comprised of over a million active personnel. Our ships are in the hundreds and our airplanes in the thousands, not hundreds of thousands. Having seen this gross error, I have no confidence in the accuracy of anything else stated on the webpage.

  9. John Pacionii

    On August 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm


    To suggest that the United States “has a navy of 341,588 battleships and an airforce of 336,081 jets” is absurd. I mean think about it. If there were only three people on each ship, then the navy would be comprised of over a million active personnel. Our ships are in the hundreds and our airplanes in the thousands, not hundreds of thousands. Having seen this gross error, I have no confidence in the accuracy of anything else stated on the webpage.

  10. John

    On August 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm


    To suggest that the United States “has a navy of 341,588 battleships and an airforce of 336,081 jets” is absurd. I mean think about it. If there were only three people on each ship, then the navy would be comprised of over a million active personnel. Our ships are in the hundreds and our airplanes in the thousands, not hundreds of thousands. Having seen this gross error, I have no confidence in the accuracy of anything else stated on the webpage.

  11. John

    On August 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm


    To suggest that the United States “has a navy of 341,588 battleships and an airforce of 336,081 jets” is absurd. I mean think about it. If there were only three people on each ship, then the navy would be comprised of over a million active personnel. Our ships are in the hundreds and our airplanes in the thousands, not hundreds of thousands. Having seen this gross error, I have no confidence in the accuracy of anything else stated on the webpage.

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