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Top 5 African countries with the largest military personnel

Using data from World Population Review, below are the top 5 African countries with the largest military personnel.

Top 5 African countries with the largest military personnelAmid speculation that there could be a World War III following the spark of new conflicts like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many have been left questioning which African nation has the largest armed forces.

Egypt has been the military powerhouse of Africa for a long time and continues to be so. It was one of America’s main military aid recipients for countless years. Many speculated that the military would weaken due to the political instability, but it seems to have gotten even more powerful.

Using data from World Population Review, below are the top 5 African countries with the largest military personnel.

Top 5 African countries with the largest military personnelEgypt

Total personnel – 1.3 million
Active military: 438.5K
Paramilitary: 397K
Reserves: 479K

Top 5 African countries with the largest military personnelAlgeria

Total personnel – 467.2K
Active military: 130K
Paramilitary: 187.2K
Reserves: 150K

Top 5 African countries with the largest military personnelMorocco

Total personnel: 395.8K
Active military: 195.8K
Paramilitary: 50K
Reserve: 150K

Top 5 African countries with the largest military personnelEritrea

Total personnel: 321.8K
Active military: 201.8K
Paramilitary: 0
Reserves: 120K

Top 5 African countries with the largest military personnelNigeria

Total personnel: 223K
Active military: 143K
Paramilitary: 80K
Reserves: 0

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