10. Turkish Armed Forces (Turkey):
9. Israel Defense Forces (Israel):
8. Japan Self Defense Forces (Japan):
7. Bundeswehr (Germany):
6. French Armed Forces (France):
5. British Armed Forces (United Kingdom):
4. Indian Armed Forces (India):
3. Armed Force of Russian Federation (Russia):
2. People’s Liberation Army (China):
1. United States Armed Forces (America):
Very experienced and very well trained, the (TAF) Turkish Armed Forces is the second largest standing force in NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) after the United States of America. Constituting the Army, Navy and Air Force, the final goal of TAF is to produce new generation indigenous military equipment and to become increasingly self-sufficient in terms of military technologies.
The Israel Defense Forces have an prestigious role in politics, culture and economy of Israeli society. They also differs from most of the armed forces around the world in several aspects such as – structure, conscription of women and close relationship between Navy, Air Force and the Army. Ever since the inception of IDF in 1948, they have been regularly in international gossips for their daredevil acts.
Constituted after the end of post WW II, the Japan Self Defense Forces have a unique military system with a mission to protect Japanese mainland. The annual defense budget of Japan is about 50$ billion which is divided between land, sea and air forces. All JSDF personnel are technically civilians: those in uniform are classified as special civil servants and are subordinate to the ordinary civil servants who run the Ministry of Defense.
Officially established on 12 November, 1955, the Federal Defense Force of Germany is also known as Bundeswehr. With approximately 350,000 reserve personnel, the term “defense” has been defined to not only include protection of the borders of Germany, but also crisis reaction and conflict prevention, or more broadly as guarding the security of Germany anywhere in the world.
The French Armed Forces is the largest military in the European Union in the terms of man-power and the third largest in NATO. Being as the third largest nuclear power in the world, the total number of military personnel is 352,000. The French military has, as some of its primary objectives, the defense of national territory, the protection of French interests abroad, and the maintenance of global stability.
Constituting the British Army, Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, the British Armed Forces are a purely professional force and have the third highest defense expenditure of any military in the world. The British Armed Forces are charged with protecting the United Kingdom and its overseas territories, promoting Britain’s wider security interests, and supporting international peacekeeping efforts.
With 1,325,000 regular troops, 1,155,000 reserve troops and 1,293, 300 paramilitary troops, the Indian Armed Forces are split into different groups based on their region of operation. Analysis of the Central Intelligence Agency indicates that India is projected to possess the fourth most capable concentration of power by 2015. According to a report published by the US Congress, India is the developing world’s leading arms purchaser.
A perfect illustration of bravery and sacrifice, the Russian military is divided into the following branches: the Russian Ground Forces, the Russian Navy and the Russian Air Force. Currently, the military is in the middle of a major equipment upgrade, with the government in the process of spending about $200 billion on development and production of military equipment between 2006-2015.
One of the world’s largest military force with approximately 3 million members, PLA was founded on 1st August, 1927. Chinese are firm believer of the concept that power comes from the technology as well as from the barrel of gun. This conception of the role of the PLA requires the promotion of specialized officers who can understand modern weaponry and handle combined arms operations.
Now, here comes the best of this list. Consisting the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, it has played a decisive role in the history of America. With the largest defense budget in the world and with 1, 421,668 active personnel, this force has a vital role in maintaining peace and security in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The U.S. armed forces as a whole possess large quantities of advanced and powerful equipment, which gives them significant capabilities in both defense and power projection.