World’s biggest army

Scouts with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team fire on a line during a course in advanced rifle marksmanship March 21-24, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The weeklong course emphasized adapting to battlefield problems by knowing one’s tools and capabilities.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

The United States standing army of over a million personnel is without a doubt the world’s strongest if not largest. This is in line to keep the special status of the super power; a title which can easily slip away to the emerging high tech military countries. Chances of this happening are however close to nil as the United States military budget standing at over $600 billion a year also being the highest in the world. Much of this budgetary allocation is geared towards technological innovation and advancements; a move which is meant to make the United States standing army even stronger against the many enemies that are always posing a threat to the country’s interests as well as stability.

Besides the United States is the ever aggressive Russian state. Its military budget is however still at par in comparison with that of the United States with the official military spending being set at $76 billion. The country’s standing army of close to 800,000 personnel is considered the largest in the whole of Europe and most of its arsenal was derived after the fall of the Soviet Union. Technological advancement in military terms has however been a slower one in comparison to other nations however Russia is regarded as one of the most feared militaries around the world and its communist style hasn’t in any way shied away from any military confrontation.

Soldiers from Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Special Operations Forces march in formation during a training session at the 60th National Day Parade Village on the outskirts of Beijing in this September 15, 2009 file photo. China will beef up its military budget by 12.7 percent this year, the government said on March 4, 2011, a return to double-digit spending increases that will stir regional unease.   REUTERS/Joe Chan/Files (CHINA - Tags: MILITARY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

China on the quest to increase its military presence over its neighbors has embarked on ambitious military programs and its spending is considered the highest within the Asian region. The communist state has over 2.2 million standing army and many western nations do consider China as highly regarded threat. This is so as the country is highly suspected in state sponsored hacks whose motives has always been to make away with secret military technology in a bid to gain more commanding role in the world politics. Chinese aggressive military policies has at times paid off thanks to the land grabs that some of its neighbors have suffered.

The United Kingdom at the present moment can still be considered as having one of the largest armies in the world though there are plans to reduce the number by as much as 20% in the coming years. This move might slightly weaken the UK’s military stance in the world but the margin may not be that huge. Still, the UK is a strong country with a capability of deploying its soldiers on peace keeping missions worldwide. Its budgetary allocation is large at $54 billion and its battle tanks, military personal as well as corporation with other Anglo British countries makes it one of the strongest armies worldwide.

In recent years France has intensified its military operations especially in the Francophone regions through peace keeping missions and special operations. The country is estimated to have as much as 240,000 strong military personnel, nuclear heads, battle tanks and fighter jets; a combination which gives it a special status within the European Union. The current military spending cost the French players a hefty $44 billion in taxes on yearly basis and the move has greatly paid off as the country’s military truly ranks among the most respected in the world.

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