Top 31 Most Powerful Armies In The World Right Now

29. South Africa

Before apartheid was over thrown, the army was called the South African Defense Force, and it was primarily a tool to use against those that the government did not like. If you rebelled against the government, tried to avoid the ridiculous laws and rules, or heaven forbid, not be white, then you were in for trouble. Some of the most disturbing images and videos of the time when South Africa was under apartheid are of members of the South African Defense Force hurting innocent people. But when Nelson Mandela was finally able to begin again, in 1994, all of that changed. The military was re-created in 1994 as a protector of the people, not as its controller.

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28. Malaysia

The army of Malaysia is a funny one; holding two completely contradictory ideals at the same time. Officially, the foreign policy is Malaysia makes it obvious that they hope never to have to need to use their army, making it the most powerful army in the world that will probably never be used! Many people think this is crazy, but hear them out. Just like other countries around the world, Malaysia has chosen to be considered ‘neutral’. That means that officially, Malaysia does not have any particular ties with any other country, and cannot get dragged into a war that they don’t care about. It also means that they attempt to get on peacefully with all countries. All countries in the world, regardless of location, political system, and some would argue, human rights records.