Colombia Military Size 1985-2022

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.
  • Colombia military size for 2019 was 481,000.00, a 0.04% decline from 2018.
  • Colombia military size for 2018 was 481,200.00, a 0.04% increase from 2017.
  • Colombia military size for 2017 was 481,000.00, a 0.02% decline from 2016.
  • Colombia military size for 2016 was 481,100.00, a 0% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Number of People
China 2,535,000.00
Russia 1,454,000.00
Brazil 762,000.00
Iran 650,000.00
Turkey 512,000.00
Colombia 481,000.00
Thailand 455,000.00
Venezuela 343,000.00
Iraq 341,000.00
Mexico 328,000.00
Algeria 317,000.00
Peru 158,000.00
Belarus 155,000.00
Malaysia 136,000.00
Romania 126,000.00
Jordan 116,000.00
South Africa 90,000.00
Azerbaijan 82,000.00
Lebanon 80,000.00
Cuba 76,000.00
Kazakhstan 71,000.00
Dominican Republic 71,000.00
Armenia 49,000.00
Guatemala 43,000.00
Turkmenistan 42,000.00
Ecuador 42,000.00
Bulgaria 37,000.00
Serbia 32,000.00
Paraguay 29,000.00
Namibia 16,000.00
North Macedonia 16,000.00
Montenegro 12,000.00
Bosnia 11,000.00
Costa Rica 10,000.00
Botswana 9,000.00
Albania 8,000.00
Gabon 7,000.00
Jamaica 6,000.00
Fiji 4,000.00
Mauritius 3,000.00
Guyana 3,000.00
Belize 2,000.00
Suriname 2,000.00
Equatorial Guinea 1,000.00
Colombia Military Size - Historical Data
Year Number of People Annual % Change
2019 481,000.00 -0.04%
2018 481,200.00 0.04%
2017 481,000.00 -0.02%
2016 481,100.00 0.00%
2015 481,100.00 5.56%
2014 455,750.00 0.00%
2013 455,750.00 3.53%
2012 440,224.00 0.00%
2011 440,224.00 -0.36%
2010 441,828.00 0.00%
2009 441,828.00 7.50%
2008 411,000.00 0.00%
2007 411,000.00 3.27%
2006 398,000.00 18.45%
2005 336,000.00 0.00%
2004 336,000.00 10.31%
2003 304,600.00 15.99%
2002 262,600.00 0.00%
2001 262,600.00 6.32%
2000 247,000.00 6.93%
1999 231,000.00 -0.99%
1998 233,300.00 0.00%
1997 233,300.00 0.00%
1996 233,300.00 -0.04%
1995 233,400.00 59.86%
1994 146,000.00 5.04%
1993 139,000.00 0.00%
1992 139,000.00 26.36%
1991 110,000.00 0.00%
1990 110,000.00 20.88%
1989 91,000.00 37.46%
1985 66,200.00 37.46%