Brazil # 10
Kicking off the list we have Brazil at number 1o. Brazil currently has more than 300,000 active military personal for a population of just under 200 million. They also have a budget of nearly 23 billion dollars to go along with that. Even though South America is a relatively peaceful place, that hasn’t stopped Brazil from becoming a military powerhouse.
Italy # 9
Coming in number 9 for the most powerful militaries in the world is Italy. Even though Italy has a slightly smaller active military force then Brazil, they have a more powerful Navy and and slightly higher defense budget. Italy helps make Europe a force to be reckoned with.
South Korea # 8
Coming in at number 8 is South Korea. Boasting an active military with nearly 700,00 active personal South Korea has become a legitimate force. Even though they have no nuclear capability, being backed by the United States has helped South Korea become much more threatening than their neighbors to the north.
Germany # 7
At our number 7 spot, it should be no surprise that Germany is still a very strong military power, even though they only have roughly 150,000 active military personal. Germany does have a pretty massive defense budget though, with more than $43 billion dedicated to it annually.
France # 6
Boasting nuclear abilities and a very hefty defense budget, France adds even more power to Europe as a whole at the number 6 spot. With a nearly $60 billion dollar defense budget and 360,000 active personal to boot, France is a very good ally to have in the modern world.
The United Kingdom # 5
The United Kingdom has a massive air force and a very impressive defense budget which is what helps make them the 5th most powerful military in the world. With a little more than 200,000 active personal and a very impressive naval force, The United Kingdom is the most powerful military in Europe.
India # 4
India may not have the massive defense budget that some of the other countries on this list have, but they have a very large group of active personal. With a little more than 1,300,000 troops and a sizable air force India has one of the most powerful militaries of all.
China # 3
China may be coming in at number 3 on this list but they have the largest active military in the world with nearly 3 million active personal. China also has the second highest defense budget in the world with nearly $130 million spent annually. In recent years, China has been investing a lot into modernizing their military and recently launched their first aircraft carrier.
Russia # 2
Russia has a large active military and nuclear capability, but what makes Russia so formidable as a modern military power is the work force that they have supporting them. With a labor force of more than 75 million to back up their 1.2 million active personal, Russia is one of the most powerful military forces in the world, second only to one nation.
United States # 1
Though it isn’t surprising that The United States lands on the top of this list, it is still surprising just how much more the U.S. puts into their incredibly powerful military than any other nation in the world. Spending nearly $700 billion annually, the U.S. military budget is more than 5 times that of any other other military in the world. That budget gives the U.S. a huge labor force, massive air force and much much more.