Worst Armies in the WorldZeRater
The Top Ten
They have an army? So why is Pakistan bearing the brunt and tackling Afghan-born terrorism on its borders and streets? Why is Pakistan solely responsible for building the border? Shows the irresponsibility and selfishness of Afghanistan really.
Yeah no offense but Afg should make efforts to control their side of the border with Pakistan so as to keep terrorists from getting into Pakistan. Leave all that stuff in Afghanistan where it should be sorted out.
Afghanistan makes the list despite the decade-plus of training from ISAF advisors. The sad truth is that all that nifty training doesn't make up for the fact that the ANA will likely collapse like a card table when the U.S. leaves Afghanistan �" if the U.S. ever leaves Afghanistan. Not that they can't fight, but they can't do much else. - ZeRater
Billions were wasted by the government for their military in the hopes of modernizing and expanding it. Yet, they haven't drive the backward Houthis out of Yemen. - Bolshoy_Brat
The Saudis are currently engaged in a coalition military operation in Yemen with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in an effort to expel Houthi tribesmen from Sana'a and re-establish the Sunni rulers. And they can't. The Saudis and Emiratis have naval and air superiority, superior training, material, and numbers on the ground, and the backing of U.S. intelligence assets. They've been there since March 2015 and the Houthis are still in the capital. - ZeRater
Oh how the mighty have fallen. As a landlocked country, the Mongols have no Navy or need of one. Unfortunately they're also locked between Russia and China and could not possibly defend themselves from either. In fact, if a Russian-Chinese war ever broke out, part of it would likely be fought in Mongolia. The Mongols have sent forces to assist the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, but their expertise is in teaching U.S. troops how to recognize and use (if necessary) old Soviet-built arms and equipment. - ZeRater
To think that they were once the largest empire in the world possessing a formidable military. Now, they are just a shell of its great former self in a pool of rising regional powers. - Bolshoy_Brat
The Tajik Army is a mess. Unlike other Soviet states after the fall of the Soviet Union, Tajikistan had no native units to absorb into its new independent government. The Tajik military was not built around old Soviet units. The Tajiks were left defenseless with only a Russian peacekeeping force. In 1994, they formed their own Army, which immediately resulted in a Civil War. Just what one might expect from a country whose capital is named "Monday." Tajiks prefer the Russian Army because the pay is better. Those who are drafted are often kidnapped and then sometimes hazed to death. - ZeRater
The President of the Philippines vowed to upgrade the country's aging Navy and Air Force to the tune of $1.7 billion, the Philippine Congress passed a bill appropriating $2 billion for the effort and... that's it. Despite the Chinese military buildup in the region, with aggressive moves by the Chinese to claim areas and build islands close to the Philippines, the Philippines' Naval and Air Forces are still nearly 60 years old and its ships are old U.S. Coast Guard cutters. - ZeRater
Nigeria is struggling with an ISIS-affiliated insurgency from Boko Haram (of "Bring Back Our Girls" fame). Despite Nigeria's oil wealth (the Nigerian oil industry is the largest on the continent), its military is ill-equipped to combat this Islamist uprising. - ZeRater
A country is obviously great when it's known as "Africa's North Korea" in international relations circles. Eritrea's armed forces has one of the highest concentrations of conscripted men of any army in the world, which it uses more for forced labor than to secure its borders or fight al-Shabab terrorists. This is the country so great that 2,000 people a month seek asylum in Sudan. Sudan is supposed to be an improvement. SUDAN. - ZeRater
On the outside, the North Korean Army looks like it's the priority for the Kim regime. In many ways, it is. The border towns of Panmunjom and Kaesong, as well as Nampo (where a series of critical infrastructure dams make a concerted military effort necessary) and DPRK newsreel footage boast tall, strong-looking North Korean troops with new equipment, weapons, jeeps, and full meals. Deeper inside the Hermit Kingdom, however, the Army starts to look a bit thin. Literally. On a 2012 trip to North Korea, the author found most Korean People's Army (KPA) troops to be weak and used mainly for conscripted labor. It would have been a real surprise if they all had shoes or could walk in a real formation. Most units appeared lightly armed, if armed at all. - ZeRater
What may have been the 4th largest army in the world under Saddam Hussein is now a shadow of its former self. Despite years of training from U.S. and British forces, as well as $26 billion in investments and military aid, the Iraqi Army has only 26 units considered "loyal." On top of that, Iraqi lawmakers discovered 50,000 " ghost soldiers " in its ranks �" troops who received a paycheck, but never showed up for work. In 2014, ISIS was able to overrun much of Western Iraq as Iraqi troops fled before the Islamist onslaught. - ZeRater
The Costa Ricans have to be at the bottom of the list, as they have no armed forces to speak of. What they do have is an Army of wealthy Westerners who come to teach Yoga to other Westerners visiting Costa Rica. But no one will ever want to invade Costa Rica because these people will have to come with it. Other countries without a military force include Iceland, Mauritius, Monaco, Panama, and Vanuatu, all without the significant number of would-be yogis. Can you imagine a world without military service? - ZeRater
Even as an outsider all I see is members of the Indian army hurling nonsensical threats towards Pakistan.
The U.S.A. army bombed Serbia in the 1990's, Serbia also lost all wars they've ever battled. Serbia started and lost all wars against each one of its neighboring country. Serbia even lost twice against Croatia (in the 40's and the 90's). As if I've already said, the U.S.A. bombed Serbia just like the U.S.A. bombs every other third world, worthless country. - 32537690968969
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