These countries have the smallest militaries for two main reasons because they enjoy a peaceful relationship with all their neighbors and face no real threat of being attacked, or they can't afford it. Below are the top ten smallest militaries in Africa:
10. Gambia Military- 3500
Gambia has only 3500 active security personnel, with a budget of $4 million, which is 0.5% of their GDP.
9. Lesotho Military- 3100
This small Southern African country has active personnel of 3100 with a budget of $23 million, which is 2.3% of the countries GDP.
8. Swaziland Military- 3000
This small Southern African monarchy has 3000 active personnel with a budget of $100 million, which is 3% of the countries GDP.
7. Equatorial Guinea Military- 2400
This Central West African country has about 2400 active personnel with a budget of $10 million, which is about 0.1% of the countries GDP.
6. Liberian Military- 2100
This small West African country has about 2100 active personnel with a budget of about $13 million, which is 0.8% of the countries GDP.
5. Cape Verde Military- 1200
This small West African Island nation has about 1200 active military personnel with a budget of about $11 million, which is 0.7% of the countries GDP.
4. Seychelles Military- 650
This Indian Ocean island nation has only 650 active personnel with a budget of $10 million, which is 1% of the countries GDP.
3. Comoros military- 500
This Indian Ocean island nation has 500 active military personnel with a budget of$7 million, which is 2% of the countries GDP.
2. Sao Tome and Principe Military- 300
This Western African Island nation has 300 active military personnel. They have a budget of $1 million, which is 0.8% of the countries GDP.
The country technically has no standing military. All military police and security functions are carried out by the police department with a budget of $9.1 million.
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