Apart from safeguarding a country or a state, the military force is used for international security and strategic purposes. The military forces are classified as largest and smallest on the basis of the active military personnel.
The military force of Palestine includes the Palestine Liberation Army and the Palestinian National Security Forces, also referred to as the presidential guard, which are the paramilitary forces of the Palestinian National Authority. The state of Palestine has the smallest military force in the world. On the whole, it has 56, 000 personnel serving in its military which includes zero reserve military force and manpower of 56, 000 in the paramilitary force too.
# 2 Panama
The Panamanian Public Forces are the national security forces of Panama. It maintains forces, including armed Police and Security forces, and small air and maritime forces. They are assigned with law enforcement and can perform limited military actions. Panama has one of the smallest military forces in the world with around 12,000 military personnel. The country formed its military after the U.S. invasion in 1989. It has zero active and reserve military forces and has 12,000 personnel in paramilitary force.
# 3 Costa Rica
Costa Rica, which is located in Central America has a population of over 4 million, but maintains a small force for law enforcement and foreign peacekeeping. It doesn’t have a permanent standing army and consists of around 9, 800 paramilitary personnel. The country doesn’t have an active and reserve military force. José Figueres Ferrer, President of Costa Rica abolished the military of Costa Rico on December 1, 1948 after the victory in the civil war in the same year.
# 4 Haiti
Haiti is the first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently, the country has no regular military. The former Haitian Armed Forces were demobilized. The current forces of the country consist of Haitian National Police, which consists of several paramilitary units, highly trained SWAT team and the Haitian Coast Guard. The military forces has a total of 2,000 military personnel and since it doesn’t have an active and reserve force, it maintains a total of 2, 000 paramilitary personnel.
# 5 Mauritius
Mauritius doesn’t have a standing army. It has a total of 2, 000 military personnel and 2,000 paramilitary personnel. Its military expenditure generally amounts to 0.1percent of its GDP in a year. Most of the military, police and security functions are carried out by the active personnel under the Commissioner of Police. The National Police Force is responsible for domestic law enforcement. The Special Mobile Force (SMF) and the National Coast Guard are the two paramilitary units in the country.
# 6 Vanuatu
Vanuatu, officially known as Republic of Vanuatu is an island nation situated in the South Pacific Ocean. The military force of Vanuatu was founded in 1980, and has a total of only 300 military personnel. Everyone is a part of the country’s paramilitary force as it doesn’t have an active and reserve military force.
# 7 Monaco
Monaco is known to be the world’s second smallest nation after Vatican. It has a very limited military and depends on its neighbor France, for defense. Currently, it has a military comprising of 263 personnel. Since it doesn’t have an active and reserve military personnel, it consists of only 263 personnel in paramilitary force.
# 8 Iceland
Iceland’s defense forces consist of the Icelandic Coast Guard, which patrols Icelandic waters and airspace. Besides, it consists of National Commissioner’s National security and Special Forces units. Situated in North Europe, the country is the only member in the NATO without any standing army. It has zero reserve military personnel where as paramilitary force consists of 130 personnel which is the total strength of its overall military.
# 9 Saint Kitts & Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis is a two-island state in the Leeward Islands in West Indies. It is the smallest sovereign state in America in terms of area and population. Currently, the state has an infantry unit and a maritime unit. The state’s total military consists of 310 personnel out of which 70 personnel belong to the active military force while reserve military reserve force consist of 130 personnel. The paramilitary force consists of 119 personnel.
# 10 Antigua & Barbuda
The military force of Antigua & Barbuda is also known as the Royal Antigua and Barbuda Defence force. It is the world’s smallest military consisting of 245 personnel serving the state. The military force consists of 170 active military personnel, 75 personnel in the Reserve force but there’s no paramilitary force.