Best Armies in the World

Which Army would win if they were all the same size? No nukes or chemicals.
The Top Ten
1 Pakistan

Determined and there will to fight for there country. The might not have the same great equipment as our American military or the numbers of such powers as China and India but there troops are well trained and have great tactics. There ground forces are awesome. There force is one of the best, though they might lack in there navy, they are still a powerful force in the world. They also have allies such as usa (I'm American) and China for equipment, and Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, U.A. E for oil. And also, you might call them terrorists but the pashtuns of Pakistan and also the fighters who would come from afghanastan are also very brave

People may call our army whatever they want our army rose from the scratches that were given to us during partition. We lost because of the lack of military infrastructure. Pakistan army has the highest recruitment. Our forces are and have been dedicating their life against terror, just to see their country liberated from terror. The people who gave up their life, in numbers are more then in the war of independence. We have the best intelligence agency and day we are becoming stronger. Our military discipline is unmatched. And no one can deny that fact. Indians are ahead of us because they got 42 regiments of artillery.20 battalions while we got 5 battalions and 10 artillery regiments.

Pakistan has one of the largest and most effective armies in the world. Our perfectly trained soldiers and incredibly dedicated soldiers are backed by impressive weapon technology and the world's largest intelligence agency ISI. During time of war the Pakistani military has proved it's superiority by defeating the much larger Indian army in two wars, forcing India to appeal to the UN for a ceasefire. Additionally the Pakistani army is actively involved in successfully fighting terrorism every single day. Pakistan is also a nuclear power. Undoubtedly the most powerful army in the world as depicted by this list. Please come to terms with reality and don't hate.

We don't care how Russia, China or India compare. There's plenty of videos and text that do that for us. Pakistan is underrated for the bravery of its army. People hate this country, its neighbours hate them, its suffered enough itself in the hands of extremists, terrorism, corruption. This army has done more to combat foreign terrorism on the streets AND borders of Pakistan than any other country. Pakistan is the country that terrorists entered, the country they came from has done absolutely nothing whereas Pakistan is the one improving border security.

2 United States

The United States is reputed as the world's ONLY superpower. How could it be not number 1? When it comes to weaponry and armaments, no other country comes close to the US. It has more sophisticated fighter jets, battle tanks, warships, submarines, and so on, than any other country. It is the only nation equipped with over 10 aircraft carriers (more than all the carriers of other countries combined! ). Not to mention, as well, the US has a HUGE stockpile of nuclear weapons. But I guess what gives America the edge over other nations is that it is well-experienced in war. Over the course of its glorious history, since the years of Washington, the US has very well known the taste of both victory and defeat. China and Russia and scramble for second place, but the US is surely way ahead of them. Long live America! Land of the free and home of the BRAVE.

There's a reason why Russia fears the U.S. Currently the Russians have technology that isn't the most High tech, though Russia says it is. The U.S has some of the most Advanced Military Systems in the world. There's a different between Russia and The U.S military strategies. Russia believes in Quantity over Quality, the U.S believes in Updating their military tech to meet the latest threats. We could kick China's Ass to the moon and back.

Superior technology, ability to mobilize, naval superiority, air superiority, these lead to ground superiority. Ability to raise AND arm it's people (most of which already are armed) garners fighting ability, infrastructure- food, water, raw materials, and medical care. Over all a smarter soldier on the battlefield due to mass general education before the onset of any skirmish. No other country on earth can do what the USA can do in such vast quantities and within a given time frame. This is what wins war. As for any nay sayers? Read the real history of WWII, were it not for the USA, Europe would be speaking German, and the South Pacific, Japanese.

The USA army is statistically the military with the most strength in terms of power, and have the highest amount of nuclear missiles (if North Korea didn't have more).

Honestly, I have no idea why Pakistan is higher than the U.S in this list, in my opinion, not by fact, the army of this protected and secure country is the strongest is terms of military (again, maybe North Korea is stronger, but we don't have so much data). This is my opinion and not by fact

NOTE: The text in brackets about North Korea is not to imply that they are stronger, it is for the purpose that they MAY have more power, but since we don't have so much data from them, because they are secretive to the western world, we do not know their entire military prowess.

3 India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. The most spoken languages are Hindi and English, but there are 22 official Indian languages.

Though my Pakistani brother has given many reasons for Pakistan's army to be the best I don't think in all these years the indo-pak war has taught something to him... Indian army fights with defensive tactics. Nukes can't be used just like that. India could not use naval or air raids on cities because it will be then aggression on India's part. India just fights to prevent acquisition of land by any militia. And for god's sake, its not India you should fight... It's the poverty in your country that you should concentrate on... As for best army, by training skills and all, I think India is fifth, as Israel and USA are to be on top, followed by Germany and Russia.

1. Indian missile system is defective as compared to Pakistan according to Indian own media.

2. India has low quality tanks as compared to Pakistan

3. Indian nuclear tech is not as much as powerful as of Pakistan. Anyway, Indian nuclear bombs are also considered a bit defective.

4. India has been beaten by Pakistan when India has about eight times larger army than Pakistan.

5. India is not much powerful as compared to Pakistan as it was before.

Due to many other facts Indian Army is not considered so good as much as it is ranked.

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Best army in the world, whole world knows that... We might be peace lovers, but when it comes to our motherland we will defend it to last bullet last men last drop of our blood... because patriotism is in our blood, we are best friends of friends and you will never find a enemy like us, Indian army is killing machine of enemy, whole world knows that... so watch out enemies... If you attack India then Indian army will show you gates of he'll... I love my India and respected Indian army more than anything... peace

India is the best with one of the most experienced militaries in the world as it operates in deserts, coasts, Himalayan glaciers, Mountains, Plateaus and many more with temperatures ranging from 55 to -40 degree Celsius...
What a joke that Pakistan is the best. If they are then why do they see nuclear weapons as the only deterrence to Indian Army? Their army small, weak compared to India and they only pretend to be strong because of Chinese and US support. They were not able to defeat their homegrown terrorists without the Allied forces.
India is the best. JAI HIND

4 China

Most people don't realize that the age of a civilizations army does not matter. I see most of the retards above say "this army has been around for 10,000 years. I don't care. That means nothing, as it is just history. China has a huge military force and is a communist country so they could obtain a forced army from the not millions but over 1 billion people in China. Also China has a variety of countries to conquer or ally with. Take Russia for example or North Korea or any communist country. America can conquer Mexico and Canada. Big whoop both countries are crappy military forces so America has no room for expansion. Also America is floating with horrible leaders now a days and is floating in debt. America would die if it was embargoed by a coalition of countries. America poses the only real threat besides maybe Russia. But Russia would not interfere if it is a mutual enemy. Therefore China is ready to strike with numbers and a modern army as well as a economy and brainwashed ...more


You can compare China with the Zerg, they are so many that they would swarm and crush any other nation within a few days, and who is talking about their soldiers? They could easily hire or force wave after wave of conscripts and surround every single human in the nation they attack.

Did I also mention that their soldiers are the most disciplined by far? How long do you think that stealth planes and other advanced technology will hold against their nearly endless numbers? Not long, I assure you.

China has no experience in any major war. The Chinese did not play any role in WWI and in WWII. They may well have the largest army in the world, but do these soldiers even know how to fight in real combat? And yes, lots of armaments and nukes, but do they even know how to use them in war? China can only go as far as defending her mainland, but I doubt if she can launch an attack against the mainland US. With America's 10 aircraft carriers strategically positioned in the Asia Pacific, I doubt if China would ever have the guts to challenge America's immense military might!

China army actually know how to fight and rely more on soldier spirit than technology. Let's say the US goes to war with Chinese. Let's pretend no one have guns and everyone goes hand to hand combat. Chinese have quite a bit of knowledge of kung fu, and will be stronger both physically and in numbers. Americans only have white skin and fat.

5 Russia

No way is the US above Russia, or any country for that matter! Russia has a small army, but the most efficient. Pakistan's a bunch of farmers with damn sticks for weapons.

The only two reasons US is in the top five is because everyone knows them and they blow two thirds of all their money on a defense budget to buy weapons because of a war they started! Also, they entered WWII way too late.

India is a militia that has one single nuke and angry citizens with stone-age weaponry.

China should be 2nd.

Britain should be 3rd.

Israel... I thought half of them were terrorists, and the other half corrupt police?

Germany still has an army?

Turkey's training consists of trying to put down the stuffing and cranberry sauce weight they had last Thanksgiving.

France are a bunch of fat cops who made ketchup illegal... Way to go.

While Russia... Amazing quality of training! Quality, not quantity was a lesson they learned in WW2, and the ...more

I think Russia needs to be in the top 5-3 because it has been in all of those big events and the US have all the credit. They have a large army and drink a lot of vodka... But it's not because of that it's more because of the fire power that Russia can make with out any alleys. Take an example in the 2. World war when they went to war against the Germans and the Japanese. All alone I must say the us did the se though but they do stupid stuff like Vietnam.

Spetsnaz is the reason I voted for Russia and Russia also has one of the best tanks in the world, the T-14 Armata. 2 of the best attack helicopters, Kamov Ka-52 Hokum-B and Mil Mi-28 Havoc. Russia has a defense budget at $76.6 billion and is expected to grow by 44% in the next 3 years. The country has overall 15,500 tanks, 2176 fixed wing aircrafts, 1319 fighters, 181 bombers and many, many more weapons that they could use in war. Who knows maybe Russia is cooking up something new while we're all distracted by the new iPhone X.

I like how America tries to pin everything negative that happens in the Middle East on Russia. Just because they have different views on who should run Syria, America doesn't realize that with ISIS, Russia and America have the same enemy, just different views on how to resolve it. Australians prefer Russia over America in any arguement because America hides things form the world, where as Russia is truthful and answers the question.

6 United Kingdom

For centuries Britain has been far superior than almost every other country, only recently have we been overtaken by America, Russia, and other countries who are only now realising their potential. What the British army has lacked in numbers they have made up for in brilliant tactics and machinery. Americans: Your army is amazing, and personally I think if you removed nukes from the equation you could beat any other country. One of the things that would allow you to do this your advanced tanks, which by the way, are a British invention. So yes, I'm a patriot and love my country, not all the lefties and the immigrants though... But anyway, our army deserves some notice by others, as we created loads of the things the rest of you use every day.

British troops are the most loyal, straight headed and professional I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Despite their current size, they excel far above the others for both hearts and minds and in combat. Credit above all must go with their Junior and Senior None-Commissioned Officers who are incomparably and without doubt the best in the world. For every 10 US servicemen I would rather have 1 British soldier, by far the most professional, excellent and loyal servicemen in the world, with an unbeatable Special Forces, the SAS.

Actually the us has won plenty of wars before world war one. What are you talking about, the only reason the UK, France, Italy, and the Russian Empire won was because the US stepped in. If we were to look at WW2 the us stepped in again and defeated Germany, Italy, and Japan virtually by them selves besides the Soviet Union on the Eastern front. Then if we look at the American war of independence the "Proud well trained British Army" got there buts handed to them by a bunch of peasants and militia for the first 5 years of the war then the last two years of the war France virtually destroyed the British navy. Other wars the US has won are the American War of 1812, The French and Indian war (The US was the colonies before they became the US), the US Mexican War, the Texas war of independence against Mexico, and the US Spanish war. The US has never lost a war and will always be the best military in the world. The British Navy is at a mere 97 ships as of right now. The US is at 593 ships.

British Army should be ranked higher, As a British soldier is someone who follows in a long line of tradition and service to the crown. They have a well-deserved reputation for their excellence, this is due to the initial training, the personal qualities that the soldier already had which their training enhances, and additional training the soldier receives throughout their soldiering career, which is both relevant and testing. The British Soldiers confidence, conviction and self respect blossoms with their very ability.

7 Germany

Most achievements made nowadays, have been made by the Germans. I don't think it was all made by the German army but was made by German scientists. Like the atomic bomb, the you boot technique ( still in use by Soviets and USA)... and so on. They have stolen most of their technique of Germany. So I don't think they are still loser of a big war ( They weren't; they fought bravely and should be recognized as one of the best armies there ever was, but they had the wrong side and wasn't fighting in the right attitude because soldiers can't be that stupid), so German army was the best in many periods; only the leaders made strategies to them. What developments have been made in German army is a secret, so there is no possibility to say which army is the best. In my guess it is Germany...
By the way. German army is able to produce nuclear power in 5 minutes. Thankfully they don't need to Americans own them on German teritorry.

Not by men, not by nuclear powers but by development of new military weapon, the German army is one of the best on the planet. They still are an important partner to USA and all other countries in the western world. As an enemy I rather fight the US Troops as an enemy, than the German forces, cause there is more known about them and their progress depends mostly on German technology. The Germans may have aquired stuff nowadays none knows about as it always was in their military history. So as an American citizen I go with Germany.

Not a chance. lost both world wars and always get drunk before battle. more like the worst ever. I mean if I would join even though I wouldn't I would suffer a wound the most trusted officer would give me a bottle of German beer. if a US army with 946 men and the Germans would have 34,879 men the US would win the battle in 18 hours. there guards are always in a pub when the royals are captured by enemy troops. in 29 hours they would occupy Germany. imagine that. over 79 million people being occupied by less than 50,000 troops.

Germany is the best European military around. It beats the UKs Air Force and maybe he navy. Taking out the fact that the EU has to limit Germany's power by taking away any chance of us having a large amount of nukes just because they are afraid of what we van do with it. I know and the EU knows of Germany had the chance to it would be easily one of the top 5 military superpowers in the world.

8 Israel

Israel commandos are trained for two years before there put into combat they are one of the smallest countries in the world yet it is against the worlds deadliest countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Jordan, and Palistine. And I don't agree with the U.S. Even being in the top 15 anymore and belive me I loved my country, I used to have the biggest American flag outside my house but now I fly a skull and cross bones because I have lost all respect for MY country.

Israel spend around 6% of its GDP in its army and is among the top four spenders, but the first serious one in the list. That reflect a high level of seriousness in training, quality, equipment and so on.
Israel had any great success in conventional warfare, and is a real innovator in high tech weapons. Israel succeeded in securing its border, and could deter any aggression, even from the United States armies.
Some other could too but compared to its size, Israel army is the best.

Now the bad :
Israel armies have somewhat lost the martial spirit and this is reflected by the 2006 war. I think this date back from the first invasion of Lebanon.
Israel armies failed on the unconventional war because it didn't have the guts and moral determination... to do what is required... like the Pakistanese army, voted number #1... which is blowing my mind.
Actually I prefer Israel weakness on that.

When I went into this topic, I was expecting US to be first. However I thought Israel was gonna be near the top. I feel like people don't appreciate the Israel as it is small. I'm not an Israeli but I know that

1. every person goes to the amy to serve for 2 - 3 years unless special reasons
2. they don't make war, they only defend
3. they are the leading country with technology

it doesn't matter if the country is small, all of these soldiers are dedicated to their country and that is what matters.

Israel is by far my ELITE not big, but there soldiers have the best weopanary of any military right now, the MTAR is way more accurate than any standard rifle of any military. If its about sheer weopanary of foot soldiers its Israel, security is also the best. But. Overall the USA has the best trained soldiers and highest technology. They may be hated but the USA has some good soldiers, technology, and a good heart at the end of the day

9 France

France's 2014 military budget stands at $43 a year, which is 1.9% of the country's GDP, much below the spending target as set by NATO. Over 220,000 regular force combines with reservists to form a force of about 500,000. It has just over 1,000 aircraft, along with 9,000 ground vehicles. Even if these do not make France a formidable army, its position in the EU and UN, a total 290 nuclear weapons, and significant deployments strengthen the country.
It makes this country number 6 and not 8 as listed here.
The French legion is well known in the world, more than 160 nationalities are represented in its troops, they are fighting any where especially Africa, South America and Middle East...

They just sold large amount of 30 famous Caracal Helicopters to Kuwait, and there is another large order in preparation, some weeks ago they sold 12 submarines to Australia. It's the only one European country to fight in more than 7 African countries against Islamic terrorism.
And in the recent past, just one example: French aircraft (Mirage) permitted at Israel army to won the six days war. SO yes France is one of largest army in Europe with high level of equipment :producer.

The President's decision making process, the pre positioned troops, the autonomous power projection capability and very good experienced soldiers: France has proved in Mali and Central Africa that it still had a major military role in, the world!

Aircraft carrier, nuclear power, submarine, last generation jet fighter, they can destroy easily all countries in the world in a short time, except USA, Russia, China, UK and maybe India, North Korea, Israel or Pakistan which have also a (feeble) nuclear power...

10 Turkey

Training in Turkey's Army is Fierce. It is also the most disciplined and brutal Army. In some cases they've executed their own personnel and wrote it down as either a training accident or suicide. Within its 24 week training program (vs the U.S. marines 13 week training) soldiers receive all sorts of extensive combat training, and learn combat tactics not seen by any Armed Force. Also in school, as early as elementary, students are thought that every Turk is born a soldier. This basically breeds nationalists and ultra nationalists. It is also notable that Turkey doesn't use average assault riffles. They use upgraded and (under license) Turkish produced H-K G3 Battle riffles Witch fires massive rounds and in Comparison to your M-4, it makes the M-4 and AK-47 look like a toy.

The Turkish Army dates back more than 2,000 years. The modern day Turkish Army is one of the few notable armies that stayed neutral during World War II.

Although the Turkish Army was involved in the Korean War, the largest conflict in the 1900s was in the Turkish Independence War where it fought Russia, Britain, Greece, France and Italy along its borders.

Military service in Turkey is required with few exceptions and it has resulted in Turkey having the second largest ground force in NATO.

When our country Turkey was attacked by many countries and stabbed in the back a group of people in Turkey when the attackers said they would give them land to make their own country. These people aren't exactly Turkish though but lived in our country. People from our own country! Even though all this happened and countries including Britian and Russia and even more. We still won the war. This proves our military strength. Also our weapons weren't good quality either Turkey didn't have much money at that time.

The most important criteria in deciding the most powerful army is not only weapons quantity, manpower or industrial back ground supporting the war. You must look back the previous wars of that army. What happened in the past? The experience of an army in the war is the most important issue. Soem people say Israel has a very strong army? How can they prove it. This army has never made a real war. Turkish Army has entered 1st World war together with Germany and their army has made a real war against Russia, UK (Englan, Australia, New Zealand, India... ), Italy, France who can be cosnidered as one of the biggest powers of the world. They proved how to make a real war in all the battles.

The Contenders
11 Australia

I think what most people are forgetting when they vote is "if the armies were the same size then who would win, no nuclear or chemical weapons included just their troops and resources". I pick Australia because they are the best small army in the world and have proven to be better than even Britain and the US on numerous occasions. Smaller countries can often afford to use a bigger budget on their militaries than larger countries and thus can train them to a higher standard. Even the US has copied our fighting style in multiple battle situations. Australia has beaten many of the top armies in the world in training operations as well as real battlefield situations.

I am Australian and I love the British S.A.S, what I love most is that the Aussie S.A.S units are just as well trained as the British. It is true that our Australian soldiers have looked out for one another since the WW1 and we continue to do that. Australia has always said no to terrorism, and we are try to be fair to those who come from those areas but want escape. Sadly Australia's only weakness is our security, being multicultural, anyone can enter the country. Some terrorist sneak in pretending they are refugees and refugees and illegal imigrants get put first infront of actual legal Australian citizens. But Still our army is skilled and are ready to help.

Best quality troops. Held off larger numbers at Kokoda and was first to defeat Japanese at a land battle in the whole pacific war. The Mateship of the Australian soldiers makes them tough as iron. They would die to protect their mates. If we were not counting numbers, if you put Australian troops against nearly all other countries troops with the same equipment as each other and exact same amount of troops, Aussies would win.

Although small, the Australian defense Force maintains a powerful force capable of not only defending the homeland but deploying overseas as an expeditionary force or conducting peacekeeping operations overseas.

The SASR are among the most elite Special Forces Operators in the world, capable of surviving for weeks on their own. They are renowned worldwide for their elite Reconnaissance techniques.

12 Iran

In almost all countries there is single military force to defend their countries from attacks but Iran has constituted two forces because of its strategic situation. That means, Iran has always been invaded by other countries such as Russia, the U.K, the U.S, Iraq, Ottoman Empire and others. To clarify, Russia has invaded Iran without any reason, then those conflicts had led to disport Iran. I mean, Russia has imposed two treatments on Iran to accept being divided. Regarding the U.K, it has been stealing Iran's resources for 3 centuries but even though the U.S has never occupied the land of Iran, it was dominating Iran from 1953 coup until 1979. After the revolution, it has been threatening Iran for unreal reasons and of course it violated Iran's land in 1980 but it failed. Furthermore, Saddam has invaded Iran which had led to 8-years war but almost all countries including the U.S, the U.K, Germany, France, Saudi Arabia and Russia was supporting Iraqi forces. Unfortunately, Germany ...more

Persians defended the country for thousands of years, and the recent Iran-Iraq war was the longest war in the 21century, and even after the war they had to do lots of special operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, South America etc using their IRGC Quds Force. So it will result a lot of military experience.

Iran's armed forces are very well trained and extermly viscious and the wide variety of iran's topography makes this army ready for all terrains. I think Iran should be placed higher than pakistan and Israel. And The fact that Iran mortal enemy is the USA and Israel makes it's army an outstading force to fear!

Let me tell you something...the military power isn't everything...maybe they don't have the hightech equipments that some countries do...but Iran has an exteremely great power and it is the peoples faith and the fact that they believe they have been the greatest empire for ages...when some country is a treat to them...they become united and fight no matter how old they are or from what religion...they always support their beloved country with all theyve got! I admire them for this!

13 Egypt

Adlof Hitler (was genius person but so evil) said :- I Need Egyptian Army and German weapons and I will rule all the world... He is right.. Know why?
Read about the Egyptian soldier if you don, t believe actually they are so brave.. Read the stories of 1973 and you will know it the Egyptian army is the best army in the world but not the strongest army..U. S got a stronger army, China got stronger army, Korea got stronger army

Egypt! I love Egypt I think it's one of the most strongest in the world. It should be one of the best after the United States of America and the Chinease. Egypt should be before their enemy Isreal. Cause my country Egypt will never forget that war vs Isreal ( October 6 1973 ) we beat the crap out of Isreal, they surrendered painfully and badly. Cause I think Egypt can be the best in the World and will be the best in the World! Egypt!

Do not forget that Egypt won the war against the Magold. Egypt saved the world. The Maguls (from Mangolia ) destroyed all countries they invaded. But Egypt was the only country to beat them. Without Egypt they would have rushed into north Africa then Spain then all Europe destroying the civilizations. Today Egyptian army is brave enough to beat terrorism

Egypt is the best and look at them know against the muslim brothers they are beating the crap out of them, because they are organized and brave.

14 Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world by area (size is 9.985 million kmĀ²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Its 3 territories are: Yukon, Northwest territories, and Nunavut. Toronto, Quebec City, Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg, St. John's, and Fredericton are major cities in the country. Canada's capital city, Ottawa, is in the southeastern province of Ontario, near the city of Montreal more.

The Canadian military is by far #1 in my opinion. Think about it we never lost a war. We won the battle of Passchendaele and we also took Vimmy Ridge when no other military could. We fought in WW1, WW2, Korea and Afghanistan. I have no hate against the Americans because we are brothers in arms. We are brothers in arms because does anyone remember "the devils brigade" or "black devils". In my opinion Canada has the best infantry in the world. We are well trained and we don't use brute force but strategic offensives. We are the better army because as I said earlier we've never lost a war! That goes to show something. Who helped Britain when they were getting overrun by the Germans? Canada. Who took Vimmy Ridge? Canada. Who's special force has the most kills and captures and hasn't had a single member death yet? Canada. Canada is the greater military there is no battle we can't face and no war we can't win. But we're all soldiers in this right? So I have nothing but the upmost respect ...more

My country! We are pretty good, take for example JTF 2 they're easily within the top 5 best spec ops forces worldwide, their training is very tiring and hard, they are a small unit that has prevented terror attacks and assassinations, that's why a Canadian prime minister has never been assassinated, so our army has the skill to be here.

A former infantrymen, we are taught to work with nothing, and with the best equipment possible - so we can literally fight with sticks and stones, or with the hottest stuff an alien civilization could give us! We punch way above our weight, and spend time peacekeeping rather than invading.

A small portion of the British army, native american warriors and CANADIAN militia defeated the AMERICAN invaders during the war of 1812. (Some may say that it was no ones victory or it was USA's victory but USA's objective was to invade Canada which they did not do Canada's and Britain's main objective was to stop the Americans from invading which they did. )

15 South Africa South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is the southernmost sovereign state in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometers of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and on the east by Mozambique and Swaziland, and surrounding the kingdom of Lesotho.

When white men were running the South African Army, it was certainly WAY ahead of anything in Africa and was probably (man for man) among the very best in the world.
Since blacks took over and now comprise almost the entire army, it has become a joke. There are now a number of even African armies that would knock the crap out of them. Ill-trained, ill-disciplined, corrupt to the core, and 80% of members have AIDS. LOL. This lot would not stand for a day against any decent army.

South Africa used to be one of the best trained and most combat experienced armies in the world man-for-man, no doubt about it. Unfortunately, the SANDF is now just an embarrassment.

S.A defense force? There are a few top units like S.A Irish, Transvaal Scottish, Recce units etc. But yes 80% crap only there to get paid.

I think South Africa needs to improve its technology when it comes to military so don't judge the SANDF it just needs specialised training system.

16 North Korea

There army might be big but it's in poor condition. It's troops are severely undertrained and underequipped. Even with all those troops their navy is almost nonexistent as is there navy plus their both old and aren't very big so if they invade the us they'll have to March 90 percent of their troops through Siberia and into Alaska. Even though they have nuclear weapons their not very powerful and they don't have a lot. Their nukes aren't even as powerful as the ones we used on Japan. The nukes we have today are so powerful one of them could completely destroy all of North Korea. Also they would have no one backing them not even China or Russia and we have the EU, NATO, and most of the United Nations supporting us.

The fact this is on the list is stupid. It has terrible military. They barely are fed and are badly trained, terrible navy, no Allies. Stupid. They just act tough.

Evil government wasting money on nukes instead of feeding their people because their residents eat dirt to survive!

In a fight as an Australian, I would go for N. Korea, just because Americans, need I say anything more.

17 Finland

In general I would say that northern climates tend to produce a more self reliant and harder individual. I remember sitting at my grandfathers knee and he would tell me stories of how his unit would sneak in to Russians camps during the war and kill every other soldier in bed/sleeping, then they would leave, destroying the morale and will of the rest to stay in finland.

Having served in the Swedish, French and US army. Also having been in joint operations and exercises with various forces around the world, most armies tend to stress a strict obedience doctrine/no emphasize on personal initiative and innovative thinking. If all other factors are the same doing something different might be the deciding factor. To beat the US army buy their manuals online and learn how they fight. To beat Pakistan, show up.

Let's face facts the time that any Muslim army was a serious fighting threat ended with the invention of gun cartridges. Just because a child wants to fight. Does not ...more

Stood against Soviets red-army with few casulties. As Stalin thought it was only going to take a week to crush Finland, little Finland stood against the 750,000 soliders, 4000-6000 tanks, 3500-4000 planes for 105days with only the 300,000 soliders, 32 old outdated tanks and 100 outdated planes. Killing over 300.000 Russians and destroying over 3500 soviet tanks. Finland is a living proof that an massive army against a little one is not always a direct victory, you gotta have team spirit and "SISU" and a huge will to fight for your independent country. Thumbs up for Finland!

Very underrated and small military but has enough to hold any aggressor and do damage to them especially in Finnish nature filled with forests and lakes. Also soldiers are higlhy motivated to defend this country. Also history shows not to mess with finns.

This should at least be in the top ten. Every Finish citizen is required to serve at least one year in the military, when they turn 18.

18 New Zealand

New Zealand has proven to be a very effective fighting force for a small country, we have very highly trained soldiers and our SAS is among the best in the world, and even though NZ has a small military we have been involved in practically every War the US has been in since WW1.

I spoke to a us marine an he was more then happy to say that the NZL SAS an the AUSTRALIAN SAS are the best trained soliders. He also mentioned the British are trained better then the us.

I think new zealand army will always bring pace for everyone in the world this why I think they should be nummber one.

New zealand is the well known country in the world and they might be a small country but they
are powerful.

19 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest.

Japan has a huge capital city called Tokyo, other cities in Japan include Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Nagoya and Sendai. It's close to South Korea, which is on the North West of it. It has a large population of 126.86 million people (Statistics Bureau of Japan. Retrieved April 27, 2016). more.

How the hell are they below North Korea?!
North Korea has poorly conditioned troops and old Soviet T-55s and Chinese Type 90s. The nukes they have might be at best only half the power of the ones used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Japan might not have nukes, but all the rest are great! Amazingly conditioned troops, great tanks, modern planes, and has the strongest nation in the world (USA) as an ally, as well as being decent allies with India, most of NATO, and maybe even South Korea (Even though they fight like cats and dogs)

Chap, I think you made a mistake. Japan should not be all the way down at this weird spot for Japan. First, how on earth do you think they are weak? Do not underestimate my country. They are brave because they are one of the 3 people who started WW2, they don't got bombs but got good guns, 3rd highest GDP, and also to mention, If we took the nuclear bombs, we would lose with a 50-0. But North Koreans are not smart and very poor.As I mentions it has the 3rd highest GDP, and 2 pretty good stats I didn't mention. Top 10 in strongest military according to most ranking channel and top 10 highest active soldiers. By the way, a fact about North Korea is their GDP is around 500 Billion and didn't hit 1 trillion yet.How on earth did this happen? Uhh.. bumpyface, why did this happen?

Not sure why the hell Japan is under South Africa, Sri Lanka, North Korea, South Korea...

They basically destroyed China in WWII and fought a ton of countries at the same time.

But I guess right now because of the pact of WWII, Japan barely has an army left...

Never mind, you guys!

I just don't get people these days...

1( there famous for there high tech. they have the best technology of the world apart form America. They us there technology VERY wisely.
2( they have the best navy I've seen. When they joined WW2, they dominated the seas and still they do today! They where powerful against the Americans and had the army to fight SEVEN countries with no help and yet they still survived!
3( They are very polite and respectful. The last country you'd be seeing declaring war is Japan. They have better manners than we idiot English do.
4( they are brave and will not surrender easily. They dominated Taiwan, China and Australia with ease. The only challenge for them was The Americans.
I don't even know how much more I could say, but man there OVERLORDS!

20 Bangladesh

Dedicated,courageous and evergreen our army is the most disciplined armed force. Even after being a small and poor country we have a manpower of 732000 troops that is the 16th largest manpower in the world according to global fire power. As for equipment we are rapidly buying and manufacturing weapons including tanks, artillery and infantry fire arms. In addition we have a whole battalion of expert snipers called Black Eagle Battalion which can turn the tide of any war. We are also the largest contributor of peacekeepers in UN.

Actually arms, money & others is not strength of an army.
Patriotism is the best strength of our army.
During our freedom fight in the year of 1971 Pakistani & US army beat by Bangladesh army & freedom fighters of Bangladesh.
They are mostly coward, so that they were beat by us.
Strategy, inteligent, patriotism, brave, hospitality, friendly, duty full, respect etc is the mark of our Military forces of Bangladesh.
Next 20years Bangladesh Military forces will be based on our own invention next super power of the world as like China & India.
Bangladesh army is number army as UN peach keepers in the whole world during since 1989.
So Bangladesh army & military forces is the one of best army in the world.

I think the training which is given by the authority to the soldier is evergreen among the world, so it's undoubtedly true that the army of our country is always the best community over the world. Though we are not in the top ten list but we served the best providence to Sierra Leone.
So, guys raise your hand's up and keep voting to instigate our soldier and make them the ever best.

Bangladesh army I think would be 2nd position. We may not be the most equipped army but, our land warfare doesn't require equipment and large numbers... We have the best tactical advantages over many strong army... Which makes us very strong in these condition.

21 Kosovo

This country has a good defcon and in the past, has defeated Germany and Italy (When it was part of greater Albania), it also defeated the KFOR and Serbia. But it basically defeated Yugoslavia too.

22 Albania

They have allot of brave soldiers and a history of successful wars and great generals, like Scaderbeg.

23 Brazil

You gotta be kiding me right? the brazilian army uses refurbished weapons that other countries don't want anymore, so they sell to brazil, and the army don't have ammo for not even 1 hour of war, the brazilian favelas have more power than the army. The salary is a shame, and serve to the army is a meaning of washing toilets and cutting grass. Brazil could be the 1st country in the world in many different areas, but as usual, the government, the politicians robbed the country so long that brazil are breathing with the aid of equipments. The brazilian money worth 3.5x less than dolar, 4.3x than euro, 4.8x than pound (uk). To travel to europe for example the brazilian people have to pay 5000 only with tax, and the medium salary is 900. I would like to see Brazil growing because they have amazing people, that don't deserve to suffer in the hands of criminals and politicians.

Truth is they would get wasted by US or Northern European army. South Americans not got natural discipline required by professional soldiers.

Just look at Falklands.

Brazil's army got obrigatory enlistment for men above the age of 18. Therefore we've got a huge infantry. And our country is the very best Army in jungle combat. But we definitely aren't the best in the world. But I would rate us at least in the top 10

New APC's, new rifles (Imbel IA2), new rocket launchers ASTRO II and new nuclear submarines. All with Brazilian technology. And the Gripen.
Several special units.
The best jungle army.

24 Belgium

I think belgium has a very good army and very well trained to encounter all the terrorists

25 Iraq

Iran and iraq is my life

Iraq best no doubt

Good army of Iraq

Iran is my life...

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