The World’s Most Powerful Military Forces

You won’t believe how powerful some of these countries are and how much they spend on their military. Even the 20th most powerful military spends over $5 billion USD per year, with over 600,000 troops and an aircraft carrier.
Some countries such as North Korea and Italy are far more powerful than you might think.

This gallery will show the world’s 50 most powerful military forces in the world. We’ll be starting with the 50th most powerful military force and make our way up to number one. Start the slideshow below:

  • Trulla

    Brush fun to know

  • Nancy Schlenker

    A few did surpise me.Interesting article

  • Jaja newe

    Really fun to know

  • Brian


  • Adeel Ahmed

    Good read

  • mike

    team USA baby

  • Kim Winkelman

    None of it suprises me, I was born and raised on Army bases. I later married a carrier Army man. So my entire life has revolved around the Army.

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  • Mary Ingram

    Interesting information.

  • Thomas Stevens III

    interesting read

  • endless3cho

    It’s weird to have a smile on my face at the difference in power between 1-50. I’m glad that we aren’t a force for evil. In terms of conquering places, I’m glad we’ve relatively done away with that style of warfare.

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  • Rosanne Drabek

    even even though they spend all that buy that stuff if the soldiers don’t know how to plan attack kill then all that is waste because 90% of it is how your soldiers trained physically mentally a weapon training

  • Angela Jean Coleman


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      Me too!

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  • Lesa Shultz

    They all suprised me

  • Frediena

    Interesting read!

  • Latoya Perry

    I also feel the same nothing shocking the United States of course would be the strongest in strength and in numbers. TEAM US ALL THE WAY

  • Michelle Neumann

    Neat facts

  • Cem

    Some surprised me

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  • Nicola St Nic Inglis

    We could resource so much good with even a small % reduction in overall defence spending.

  • Lisa Johns Fisher

    Very informative and interesting articke.

  • Cyriane Pierre

    Some of them surprised me. Chile, South Africa

  • Auntdar Mastroni

    One of the things that surprised me was how highly ranked Italy was. The other thing that continually surprised me was that the amount of soldiers in comparison to the huge money spent was largely disparate

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  • Atara

    Very important to know.

  • Anna Matthew


  • Steve

    Very interesting!!

  • Ivan Morales


  • sambella

    No surprises, really.

  • Gemma Everett


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  • Judy Lynn Pipe

    Excellent. Read it twice because I didn’t get my diamonds for my game the first time I read it. Please give them to me this time.

  • Alison Sass Capron Kennett

    I’m not surprised about the US being #1

  • Thomas Stevens III


  • Brandy Bentle

    Sounds about right .

  • LaVerne Gilbert


  • Mareaux Furchins

    I would like to know how the Global Power index is calculated. I am an Army veteran and want to believe that our fighting forces are the strongest, but it is my understanding that the Chinese army is so massive it must be constantly kept in motion. Granted that is just one faction of how military strength of a country is measured, but it is a big scary one.

  • Cristina

    Not really surprised, very interesting

  • Valerie Harris

    I was surprised that South Korea has more military power than North Korea.

  • Virginia Graham

    Good reading, very interesting to see where each country stands.

  • Inez McLean Nero

    Quite informative

  • Tisha Chapman Ayers

    Informative information but long article

  • Scott Friend

    Awesome history lesson.

  • Mary Ingram


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  • Jennifer Wright

    This article was very informative

  • Yolonda Jerdine

    I found it interesting and informative.But not surprising.

  • Jenny

    I really liked this article. More like this please!!

    • Cyriane Pierre

      You’re right!

  • Mary Ingram


  • CCottle

    God bless our military!! Thank you for your services

  • Daga

    Interesting information.

  • fahad

    Not surprising but pakistan is less why

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  • Ali

    Nice article enjoyed reading it

  • Joyce Hyden

    Not exactly what I thought

  • Marenda Swayzer

    I was very impressed that we, the United States were on a larger scale than I expected us to be. The statistics are very different than I thought.

  • Dan fergus

    Some of the countries surprised me but none near the top

  • Tracy Dawn

    All that and humans still change solve the world’s problems

  • Booty

    Giv mah dimondz

  • Heidi

    Nice to know

  • Misty Clark

    So cool to read

  • Kara Waitere

    Iran has Australia detail with it. Spelling mistake in with America info. I’m surprised by Australia.

  • Janell R Kluin

    Very intriqueing

  • Deb Borron

    Very interesting

  • Jackie Sorensen

    Diamonds now

  • Kdietz

    USA #1. Interesting read.

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  • Teresa Kidd Scarbrough

    The amounts of money shocked me!

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  • Pablo

    I agree with this


  • Apaoo



    I was impressed I did not how powerful the United States is and the amount of money really shocked me.

  • Denzel Jolliff

    Wow this is very interesting.

  • Sian Bryant-Jeffries

    The amount of £& surprised me!! Was surprised by a few!!

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  • Mary Ingram

    Good to know

  • Hollz

    Wow that’s a lot to learn from

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  • Patricia W.

    I was very surprised at who is the most powerful when it comes to military powers. Also, I found a typo the word “hvae, should be have”. Anyways, this was interesting.

    • Chandler Rawlings

      USA all the way.

  • Glennie

    Well……..who would have thought India was up there with the top 5!! After seeing the poverty in so much of the country it just makes me so sad that governments want metal and ammo over the health and well-being of their citizens!!

  • Cheryl Ann Fortin

    I was surprised at the amount of money, $161,000,000,000+, that China spends on military.
    Also the picture for Manamar looks like it is all women soldiers. I’m not sure if I was right, but thinking I might be, that surprised me.
    Finally, one segmemt started out talking about one country ( I think Thailand) and in the middle changed to Australia.
    Excellent article!

  • vinessa wyche

    I’m very impressed with this article. I had no idea as to the detail and precision each individual country actually went through yo protect their citizens

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  • Tiphany

    Very interesting

  • Mary Ingram

    Good to know

  • Crystal Harper

    Proud to be an American for sure. It was interesting to see where each country ranks.

  • Tasha Teague

    Great article!

  • Connie Erwin

    Surprised about countries like Ethiopia and India. Not surprised about USA!

  • Shannon King

    Surprise not really

  • Pauline Rogers

    No surprise

  • Kim Wilder

    Not at all suprised by the United States Military strength. My exhusban was in the Navy. My children are navy brats.

  • Patrick Mcdonald

    There’s going to be war in the oceans…. How come theres no classification for the submarines? There’s two types one of which is nuclear powered.. it would be interesting to know because advances in energy could prove useful.

  • Grant Bernstein

    USA, USA!! SEMPER FI! OO- RAH. I will say I was surprised that some countries even made this list. But what sets us apart from the rest is without a doubt our aircraft carrier’s. No one comes even close. Also when u have the M1 Abrams as your tank you dont need that many. 1 Abrams is equal to around 5-10 of the other countries thanks. USA!!!!

  • Jessica Joehnk

    Very informative and great photos!

  • Natalie Rogers

    Not mug of a surprise.

  • Randy D Lynn

    Glad USA made number 1

  • Marines

    We have a lot of practice

  • William Hale

    Semper Fi

  • Taylor Flagg

    Wow I thought so

  • Ray Reynolds

    I had no idea what the order of power was it was good to gain some knowledge of what they have and what the crazy prices that is involved it . GOOD information and was worth the read.

  • Mary Ingram

    Interesting article

  • Mjc

    No surprise here!

  • Richard Clarke

    Well that saved me $5 and wasted 10 mins of my life..think I lost out…gg btw Merica..winning !

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  • Stars69

    No surprise

  • Jeunese Rona

    Canada ranked lower than I expected

  • Antoinette Crosman

    The country Maynmara all those women!!!! …

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  • Tanya Johnson

    I was not surprise, how many nukes do the top 10 have.

  • Mary Ingram

    Awesome information!

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  • Kayla

    That’s crazy

  • Tami

    Nope no surprise but really haven’t thought about.

  • Christy House

    All I can think about is all the humans who could eat…go to school…live indoors if the $$ was repurposed. I we all could stop fighting amongst ourselves…

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  • Xiomara Rosario Mora

    With was so long to read

  • Bebe Miller

    I was surprised that Isreal and indiawete so high in ranking and that Australia and Canada were so low.

  • Judy Lynn Pipe

    Interesting article. This is my 3erd time reading it because I have not received my diamond’s as promised. Hoping 3erd times the charm and I receive the DIAMONDS!!!

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  • Nicola St Nic Inglis

    So much money that could be spent on better things

  • Sheryl Gardner

    Not surprised

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    Do i have to comment to get my

  • Connie Erwin

    Have read 3 times now. Still no points. Am I leaving out a step?

    • Yihan

      I donno is this imvu I am waiting for 2hours no piontsss eck maybe the quizzes r easier

      • Lol

        You have to read it for fifteen minutes then you refresh imvu or whatever game. And then you will get your credits

  • Shannon Naylor

    Not all that surprising , some of the initial countries were a much lesser known discussed statistic, last 10 of course more common knowledge

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  • Win Brandy

    Good info

  • Jan Smith

    The one with information on Iran was mixed up with Australia. I am sure it’s a typo. The article was a little surprising. One has to wonder how the number of military assets is available for print in a public forum. But it’s very interesting to note how much money throughout the world is being spent on military.

  • Jay Jay

    It doesnt surprise me

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  • Lindsey

    How do I get my diamonds?

    • Lynne Mitchell

      The people who wrote the article don’t give you the diamonds, it’s through tapjoy. If you don’t get the credit, you need to check your reward status through the app that you’re reading the article for.Hope this helps!

  • Terri Hiner

    No surprise here…

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  • Jake

    Pretty cool

  • Glennie

    No surprises really.

  • Kacy Gorla


  • Margaret Murray

    I think this is a contrived way of reinforcing US ideologies & political agendas!

  • colette stever

    Vraiment intéressant. Pas surprise du tout.

  • Jennifer


  • Chicks

    Not surprised.

  • Cathrine Bowler

    No surprises here .

  • Brittany Tong

    Suck a dick let t it rip

  • Critter Ferlatte

    I knew the US spent a lot of money on their military, but I was surprised to see 587.8 trillion. I would say “most powerful” also.

  • Penny A. Farmer


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  • Sierra

    Team USA

  • Lilly Illy

    This was awsome to ready and now I know more


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    So everybody not know

  • April Shearer

    Doesn’t surprise me.

  • Ndjd


  • Fawn Radmore

    No surprise

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  • Jenn Smith

    America home of the free because of the brave

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  • Brook Villar Land of the Free

    Wow. You know but when an article like this comes out it really puts everything into perspective.

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  • Linda Lock

    Canada surprises me, never thought of them as a military power.

  • Melissa Skiba

    I was surprised by the UK. I had no idea they were so strong !!!

  • Eva

    I did not know how good the United Stars was, it’s so cool that we are 1

  • Ambs

    This totally shouldn’t have been a slide show. Info would have been much more interesting and easy to digest if it was a table or an infographic.

    -a concerned fellow journalist

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  • Glenda Boyle

    good to know

  • Jeff


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  • AnAnda

    Hi I like that comment

  • Rob

    Points where?

  • Lavender

    Very interesting.

  • Latasha Welch


  • Senorina Gutierrez

    It’s very interesting what you read thank you

  • AleenA Siddiqui

    Its intresting

  • Senorina Gutierrez

    This article is very interesting I recommend a

  • Senorina Gutierrez

    All my respect to all the soldiers

  • Jojo

    The extent of $ spent in each country on defense is staggering. why not agree to peace everywhere and feed the hungry, care for the sick, and house the homeless.

  • Meme

    Waiting, second stupid article I’ve read.

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    I read I several times and haven’t received any diamonds

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  • Garna Griffith

    Enjoyed the presentation. I was surprised at the strength of the smaller countries. Interesting

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  • Greg

    Not a lot of surprises here.

  • Greg

    About what I thought.

  • Jayden

    These are photos

  • D.M.G.

    I was surprised that Poland was still armed as high as to be #19. India definitely was a surprise, as was Ethiopia. The major powers 1-5 however, were not surprising at all.

  • Senorina Gutierrez

    I read this article several times and they do not give diamonds not fair

  • Linda Lee

    This was a very interesting article but most of it did not surprise me

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  • Kushla King

    Very interesting read

  • Kushla King

    Interesting articles

  • Olivia

    Wow this was very helpful!

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  • Hsjan

    Horrible article. Spammy as hell plus they’re paying for all of their views. Will never trust this company.

  • Rayna Marie Welchert

    Interesting article I was surprised Japan wasn’t 2 they have many aircrafts carriers and subs

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  • Jeanneatte Norman

    Awesome pics

  • Danielle Brown

    I love army men

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  • Tim Nevil

    good very

  • Megan Adkins

    Great read, very informative.

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  • Darlene

    Informing great info.

  • Charis Steinke

    No surprise.

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  • Margaret Singh

    I was very surprised at the #1 ? CANADA is what like 25.

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  • Lance

    I dont believe that any of this is accurate at all and even if the numbers are correct your comparing some countries 2200 surplus aircrafts built in the 1970s and 80s to anothers 2200 state of the art equipment. Way to many variations to simply compare number.
    A peacefull nation with 100billion dollor budget vs a warmongering one with 10 billion.
    all we shoul be worried about is ranking the most aggressive and violent

  • Stacy

    What I think is that some of that money should be set aside to help our soldiers when they have finished their term.