20 Strongest Militaries In The World

20 Strongest Militaries in the World

20 Strongest Militaries in the World

Military prowess seemed to lose its luster during the 80s and 90s. Countries were still reeling from WWII, the Cold War and other internal civil wars. However, as tensions have mounted over the last few decades, internal conflicts have grown out of control and there is a bigger struggle for power.

Power is shown through size and military capabilities. As a result, nuclear weapons and technology are a thing of the current and can only be advanced with a hefty budget. Take a look at Rant Lifestyle's list of the top 20 military powers in the world.

20. Sweden

20. Sweden

20. Sweden

20. Sweden

It is not just the hot blondes fightings wars, but a military with tactical guile.

19. Mexico

19. Mexico

19. Mexico

19. Mexico

Surprisingly enough, our neighbors to the south have a very competent army. If only they could control their drug problems.

18. North Korea

18. North Korea

18. North Korea

18. North Korea

A scary thought, but North Korea has the ability to pack a punch. Look for North Korea to climb our list as their nuclear capabilities advance.

17. Iran

17. Iran

17. Iran

17. Iran

Another scary thought comes by way of Iran. While they are one of the most advanced countries in the Middle East, they tend to be unpredictable. That unpredictability mixed with growing nuclear capabilities gets them on this list.

16. Egypt

16. Egypt

16. Egypt

16. Egypt

Most would not assume Egypt, but with a national defense budget around billion and roughly 500,000 protecting their country, they make this list comfortably.

15. Pakistan

15. Pakistan

15. Pakistan

15. Pakistan

"See notes on no. 17, Iran.

14. Indonesia

14. Indonesia

14. Indonesia

14. Indonesia

Take a look at a map, view the population numbers throughout the world and you will surely be surprised how populated Indonesia is. In all honesty, the no. 14 spot is probably low.

13. Italy

13. Italy

13. Italy

13. Italy

With billion spent on national defense, you would hope they would be strong. Their soldiers have seen action with NATO forces in Afghanistan.

12. Japan

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12. Japan

12. Japan

When speaking about Japan's military, the word "military" can be defined as: "Everything a military does but without calling it a military."

11. Brazil

11. Brazil

11. Brazil

11. Brazil

They will surely need a strong military to protect this up -in-coming country from internal threats.

10. Turkey

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10. Turkey

10. Turkey

600,000 strong protecting the crossroads to the Middle East is not enough, but is surely the best anyone else has done.

9. South Korea

9. South Korea

9. South Korea

9. South Korea

If you have to protect your borders from invasion on a day-to-day basis from North Korea, then you must possess a strong military presence.

8. France

8. France

8. France

8. France

It all started with Napoleon and has continued since.

7. Germany

7. Germany

7. Germany

7. Germany

Germany is noted that this country known for efficiency is putting together a military that is climbing the ranks.

6. Israel

6. Israel

6. Israel

6. Israel

All Israeli citizens must serve a two-year military term. Therefore, their military is as large as their population. They are also battle-hardened and deal with situations on an almost daily basis. There is no military more prepared for war on any given moment than Israel.

5. UK

5. UK

5. UK

5. UK

The UK was once the world's foremost superpower. However, while they are no longer a major superpower they still possess a veteran military that has seen action in Afghanistan and Iraq and still have one of the strongest alliances in the world with the United States. Today, they have an annual budget of around billion.

4. India

4. India

4. India

4. India

India is nuclear capable and is entering partnerships and alliances with several major nations in the top ten on this list. They are gobbling up arms and starting to develop their own technology.

3. Russia

3. Russia

3. Russia

3. Russia

With over one million enlisted, Russia ranks high on our list because of its military's sheer numbers.

2. China

2. China

2. China

2. China

Gone are the days of ninja stars, and in comes the most powerful navy of all time.

1. USA

1. USA

1. USA

1. USA

Did you really think it was going to be anyone else? The no. 1 ranking is what you get with a defense budget five times larger than the closest competition.