Top 10 Weakest Militaries In The World In 2017 –  Military / Army Comparison


If you’re a fan of our show and you’ve
seen the episode entitled, “Top 10 Most Powerful Militaries in the World,” then
you already know which countries are regarded as packing superior military might. At the other end of the spectrum, however,
are countries with very modest militaries, that are not necessarily equipped with state
of the art weaponry that consumes a good chunk of their GDP. We thought it would be fun to take a closer
look at countries that refrain from spending, or are unable to spend, large amounts of money
on arming themselves, in this episode of The Infographics Show, “Top 10 Weakest Militaries
in the World.” Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
bell button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. Number 10: The Bahamas
This small Caribbean country is made up of 700 islands and has a population of approximately
400,000 (392,718) people, most of whom are the descendants of African slaves. The country doesn’t have a standing army
or an air force to speak of, with its navy, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, being tasked
with protecting its people. The RBDF has around 1,600 men and women enlisted,
belonging to three squadrons: The Commando Squadron, The Patrol Squadron, and the Air
Wing. The country has 11 sea vessels patrolling
its waters while its Air Wing currently consists of just 3 aircraft. In 2014, the Bahamas’ 49 million dollar
military budget was bolstered by a $232 million investment for what was known as the ‘Sandy
Bottom Project.’ The extra money was spent on deploying ships
and aircraft to protect marine resources and to reduce the amount of smuggling, drug-trafficking,
and human-trafficking in the area. Number 9: Central African Republic
This war-torn country has seen its fair share of internal strife, so one would think it
should be endowed with a strong military. That’s not the case, and its 4,500 person-strong
Central African Armed Forces has been criticized not only for its lack of military prowess
but also for corruption, human rights violations, and general incompetency. Protecting its 4.7 million people are 4 T-55
main battle tanks, 4 aircraft, 2 helicopters and 51 armored fighting vehicles. Where the FACA has failed, the United Nations
has stepped-in, in an attempt to bring about democratic freedoms and consolidate peace
in the country. Number 8: The Gambia
This West African country officially known as The Republic of The Gambia is also no stranger
to internal conflicts. It’s reported that almost a third of its
1.8 million population live below the poverty line of 1 dollar 25 cents a day, which doesn’t
bode well for a strong military. Only 2,500 personnel make up the two arms
of the Gambia military: The National Army and the Gambian Navy. Since the country’s independence from the
United Kingdom in 1965, there have been plenty of iterations of a military, only for coups
and discord to unravel them. Currently, The Gambia National Army consists
of 900 soldiers, with a total of 12 armored cars. Many of its soldiers are deployed in other
African nations as peacekeepers. In 2002, a Gambian Air Force was mulled over
when the country bought a Sukhoi Su-25 attack jet, but similar to its unreliable army, it
never really got off the ground. Gambia also has a small navy consisting of
around 250 personnel. Without much of a budget, the navy has relied
mostly on donations to update its fleet. In 2013, Taiwan donated 3 eight ton armed
vessels to replace the Gambian navy’s somewhat aged ships. Number 7: Barbados
Barbados is a small island-nation with a population of just about 278,000 (277,821) people. Set up in 1979, its Barbados Defence Force
is comprised of 3 components: The Barbados Regiment, Barbados Coast Guard and the Barbados
Cadet Corps. It’s thought only around 1,000 people make
up the BDF’s entire personnel, patrolling the waters for signs of criminal activity
and stationed on the island in case of internal conflicts. The country’s Air Wing is said to have one
Cessna 402C aircraft. While the Barbados has had to address few
problems, in 2016 The People’s Republic of China donated 3 million dollars to the
BDF, on top of its 49 million dollar defense budget. The money, however, was not to buy weapons,
said the Chinese ambassador to Barbados, but rather for disaster mitigation. Number 6: Somalia
Somalia has a population of over 12 million and the longest coastline on the African mainland. While its military is far stronger than our
number 7 choice, Barbados, in terms of population and constant internal conflicts, Somalia has
a very weak military. The Somali National Armed Forces is made-up
of around 12,000 active soldiers, with 24,000 acting as reserves. On land, it has 140 tanks and 430 armored
fighting vehicles. It’s air force was all but non-existent,
until in 2012, Italy said it would help Somalia rebuild it. Somalia’s navy also suffered massive disintegration
at the end of the 20th century, but in 2012 the United Arab Emirates donated 1 million
dollars to help strengthen it. Somalia’s defense budget is a meager 58
million dollars. Number 5: Luxembourg
You’d be right in thinking that a landlocked country not even a thousand square miles in
size in a relatively peaceful area of western Europe wouldn’t need a very powerful military. The Luxembourg army might be one of the most
restful places to work. With about 400 soldiers, 100 of whom are civilians,
the army still has a budget of 369 million dollars. This figure might emphasize the small sum
the Somalian government spends on its much larger military. Still, this modest army fought in 2 world
wars and The Korean War. Its air-force consists of 17 Boeing E-3 Sentry
aircraft and one Airbus A400M Atlas. Number 4: Tonga
Situated in the South Pacific Ocean about 700 miles from Fiji, Tonga’s 169 islands
are populated by around 103,000 people. Its defense budget is almost 5 million dollars,
about 0.9 percent of its GDP. The country’s military, His Majesty’s Armed
Forces, has about 700 active personnel. Nonetheless, this small army fought with New
Zealand’s Expeditionary Force in the first world war, and has also recently been deployed
in Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s Maritime Force of three patrol boats
and a tanker is mostly concerned with fishing zone violations and enforcing border regulations. The air wing has two small aircraft. Number 3: Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda is a twin-island in the Caribbean with a population of 91,000. Its Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force receives
a budget of 10 million dollars, and has a 245-strong personnel. Similar to other island nations featured in
this show, the military is tasked mainly with reducing criminality on the high seas. In total, it has 7 active boats working as
part of the Coast Guard. The ABDF might be one of the smallest militaries
in the world, but it was still deployed in Haiti, Grenada and Trinidad in the recent
past to deal with conflicts there. Number 2: Saint Kitts and Nevis
This two-island country in the West Indies is home to around 55,000 people, and 300 of
them work in the country’s military. The Saint Kitts and Nevis Defence Force infantry
and maritime units have the job of dealing with internal strife and policing the local
waters. The Coast Guard has one boat, donated by the
United States. The army is so small that in 2016, The Saint
Kitts and Nevis Observer reported the enlistment of just 28 new recruits. The national security minister was quoted
as saying, “In the context of our small country, we have to make a very conscious
effort to ensure that we are doing our part.” Number 1: The countries with no military
22 countries have no military at all, nor do they even have defense budgets. We’re adding them to the list, however,
as they do have a defense of some sort. Iceland, for example, has no military, but
it has a long pact with the strongest military in the world, the USA, in which the latter
offers protection. It also has a militarized police force and
a peacekeeping force. Monaco also has no military, but relies on
the world’s fifth strongest military, France, for protection. The list of countries without a military also
includes Costa Rica, Liechtenstein, Samoa and Panama. We hope you enjoyed this episode, and we would
love to hear your thoughts about this list in the comments section. There are countries we didn’t include that
certainly could have been here; countries with meager military budgets and few personnel,
but also countries with what might be considered a weak military in view of current crises
and the risk of internal and external conflict. Feel free to tell us which countries you think
we should have added! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
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  2. you should remove this video calling army made of people who are willing to die for their country WEAK is very wrong.

  3. Certain country in south east asia must also be in this list , with just 2 fighter jets what can they do.

  4. The list so filled with African nations that I wish I saw the strongest military in the Africa. At least the top 20

  5. I love the infographic.. however the stats for no:8 The Gambia are wayy off… The number of millitary and navy personnel is so underestimated. There was a yearly recruitment from the army trainning school until recently it was halted in 2016. On average gambia has a high civilian to millitary ratio. At least 9000 active service personnel

  6. My friend somali people are militarized society so calling Somalia's military weak is lying to innocent people. Somalis can mobilize hundreds of thousands of soldiers from the clan militia's and from its citizens who all armed to the teeth always.

  7. My country has only 13,000 active soldiers 18,000 reserves
    Only 13 helicopters (20 fighter jets by eu-nato members)
    We also have no navy
    Well 10 patrol boats
    We have only 5 attack ships

  8. The weakest military is Afghanistan 🇦🇫 because they don’t have a country because is so pollution and they don’t have and army

  9. the Central African Republic Air Force's inventory today consists of
    2 BN-2s from the UK
    1 C-130 (Unconfirmed) from the USA
    10 Aermacchi AL-60s from Italy
    2 AS350s from France
    1 Mi-8 from Russia
    1 Mi-24 from Russia
    2 EMB 312s from Brazil

  10. North Korea because they do have a lot of people in their military (being forced into it that is) they rarely ever even feed at support their own military so therefore that are a weak army

  11. I came here looking for the idiot feminists to laugh at: “WHY ARE YOU USING A GIRL IN A DERAGATORY TITLE AND MAKING WOMEN WEAK? THIS IS NOT OKAY, BLAH BLAH (Repeat 100x) etc

  12. This list is complete nonsense based on fraudulent numbers… there are 23 countries that have no active military force, including Costa Rica, Iceland, Panama, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and The Vatican yet you selected a bunch of random black countries when there are other countries with fewer soldiers… This list was completely fabricated nonsense…

  13. #1 India

    Of course our country uses Trillions of Dollars, but still infantrymen uses WWII helments and camo.

  14. There is no such thing as a "weak" army mate. Every army is willing to protect their country and die for it. Maybe other countries have better equipment than others or more well trained soldiers but that doesn't mean that they are weak.

  15. #1 Iceland.
    #2 Mexico.

    Iceland literally has no army, and Mexico pretty much doesn't except for a few divisions of infantry. Mexico *has no airforce*. Let that sink in.

  16. basically most of the Caribbean has less/no military..thats why West Indies people are friendly, joyful, easy going, like to have fun/dance etc..

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