10 Nations with Least Active Duty Percentage in Armed Forces

A list of the 10 nations with the least percentage of active duty armed forces.

10 Nations with Least Percentage of Population in Active Armed Forces--1972

1. Costa Rica 0

2. Iceland 0

3. Malta 0

4. Bangladesh .0004

5. Malawi .03

6. The Gambia .04

7. Burundi .06

8. Chad .06

9. Niger .06

10. Upper Volta .06

Lack of an active armed forces by no means suggests that a nation has no defenses or that it lacks violence. For example, Costa Rica, with a population of 2,000,000 has 3,000 police, 1,200 civil Guardsmen and a number of private armies controlled by political parties and wealthy landowners. Since 1950, Costa Rica has received about $2 million in military assistance from the U.S.

SOURCE: The Almanac of World Military Power by Col. T. N. Dupuy and Col. Wendell Blanchard. New York, R. R. Bowker, 1972.

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