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World's Largest Marine Corps

No other country has a counterpart to the United States Marine Corps. Slightly more than fifty other countries [out of about 200 total] have separate entities designated as Marines, Naval Infantry, or some similar nomenclature, and not all of these units are Marines in the American sense of the term. In round numbers, the United States Marine Corps has as many Marines as every other Marine Corps on the planet combined - there are slightly fewer than a quarter of a million United States Marines [active and reserve], and slightly more than a quarter of a million in every other country.

RankCountryServiceMarines
1 USA US Marine Corps 242,675
Total Rest-of-World [ 2-43 ] 251,938
Next top 10 [ 2-11 ] 174,258
2 Vietnam Naval Infantry 27,000
3 South Korea Marine Corps 25,000
4 Thailand Marines Corps 23,000
5 Indonesia Korps Marinir - KorMar) 20,000
6 Mexico Infantería de Marina 19,238
7 Brazil Fuzileiros Navais 15,520
8 Taiwan Marine Corps 15,000
9 Russia Naval Infantry 12,000
10 China Marine Corps 10,000
11 Philippines Marine Corps 7,500
Next top 10 [ 12-21 ] 47,700
12 UK Royal Marines 7,200
13 Venezuela Infantería de Marina 7,000
14 France Brigade Légère Blindée de Marine 6,000
15 Spain Infantería de Marina 5,300
16 North Korea Amphibious Brigades 5,000
17 Peru Infanteria de Marina 4,000
18 Greece Dynameis Pegonauton 4,000
19 Turkey Amfibi Deniz Piyade 3,100
20 Netherlands Korps Mariniers 3,100
21 Chile Infantería de Marina 3,000
Next top 10 [ 22-31 ] 23,460
22 Ukraine Naval Infantry 3,000
23 Saudi Arabia Royal Marines 3,000
24 Iran Naval Infantry 2,600
25 Argentina Infantería de Marina 2,500
26 Ecuador Infantería de Marina 2,160
27 Italy Proiezione dal Mare 2,000
28 India Marine Commando 2,000
29 Cambodia Naval Infantry 2,000
30 Bolivia Infantería de Marina 1,700
31 Morocco Marines 1,500
Next Top 10 [ 32-41 ] 6,520
32 Egypt 111 MIB 1,500
33 Paraguay Defensa Fluvial 900
34 Honduras Infanteria de Marina 830
35 Kuwait Naval Commando 800
36 Myanmar Naval Infantry 800
37 Cuba Guardia Desembarco 550
38 Uruguay Fusileros Navales 450
39 UAE Marines 400
40 Croatia Naval Infantry 200
41 El Salvador Naval Infantry 90
Total Rest-of-World [ 2-43 ] 251,938
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6 Countries Without Marines
N/R Australia 2nd Bn, RAR 0 !!
N/R Canada Marines 0 !!
N/R New Zealand Marines 0 !!
N/R Japan Amphibious Force 0 !!
N/R Oman Marines 0 !!
N/R Bulgaria Naval Infantry 300
13 Not Really Marines
Colombia Infantería de Marina 14,000
Sri Lanka Naval Patrolman 14,000
Poland Naval Assault 4,500
Syria Naval Infantry 1,500
Portugal Fuzileiros 1,430
Pakistan Marines 1,400
South Africa Sea Landed Battalion 900
Finland Coastal Jaeger 800
Iraq Naval Marines 600
Algeria Fusiliers Marins 600
DR Congo [ex-Zaire] Naval Infantry 600
Germany Marineschutzkräfte 500
Serbia Pontonirskom 500
Romania Infanterie Marina 400
Sweden Amphibious Regiment 337
Israel Flotilla 13 300
Marines Without Countries
N/R Republic of Vietnam Marines 7,300
N/R Yugoslavia Marines 1,500




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