Malawi Military Size 1985-2023

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.
  • Malawi military size for 2019 was 15,000.00, a 2.04% increase from 2018.
  • Malawi military size for 2018 was 14,700.00, a 2% decline from 2017.
  • Malawi military size for 2017 was 15,000.00, a 0.67% increase from 2016.
  • Malawi military size for 2016 was 14,900.00, a 119.12% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
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Eritrea 202,000.00
South Sudan 185,000.00
Ethiopia 138,000.00
Democratic Republic of Congo 134,000.00
Nepal 112,000.00
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Uganda 46,000.00
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Tanzania 28,000.00
Madagascar 22,000.00
Mali 21,000.00
Somalia 20,000.00
Senegal 19,000.00
Tajikistan 17,000.00
Malawi 15,000.00
Guinea 13,000.00
Benin 12,000.00
Mozambique 11,000.00
Burkina Faso 11,000.00
Niger 10,000.00
Central African Republic 10,000.00
Togo 10,000.00
Sierra Leone 9,000.00
Gambia 4,000.00
Guinea-Bissau 4,000.00
Liberia 2,000.00
Haiti 1,000.00
Malawi Military Size - Historical Data
Year Number of People Annual % Change
2019 15,000.00 2.04%
2018 14,700.00 -2.00%
2017 15,000.00 0.67%
2016 14,900.00 119.12%
2015 6,800.00 0.00%
2014 6,800.00 0.00%
2013 6,800.00 0.00%
2012 6,800.00 0.00%
2011 6,800.00 28.30%
2010 5,300.00 0.00%
2009 5,300.00 -24.29%
2008 7,000.00 0.00%
2007 7,000.00 0.00%
2006 7,000.00 0.00%
2005 7,000.00 16.67%
2004 6,000.00 -11.76%
2003 6,800.00 0.00%
2002 6,800.00 0.00%
2001 6,800.00 13.33%
2000 6,000.00 0.00%
1999 6,000.00 0.00%
1998 6,000.00 0.00%
1997 6,000.00 -44.44%
1996 10,800.00 13.68%
1995 9,500.00 -5.00%
1994 10,000.00 0.00%
1993 10,000.00 0.00%
1992 10,000.00 25.00%
1991 8,000.00 14.29%
1990 7,000.00 0.00%
1989 7,000.00 32.08%
1985 5,300.00 32.08%