Military Forces of Africa

Africa is the poorest continent on Earth with 25 of its nations ranking as the 25 lowest on the United Nation’s Human Development Index (HDI). Not only is it poor, there is also constant political instability with poorly educated military generals often taking power after coops that last many years and result in the deaths of thousands of people. Even greater numbers of people die by the HIV/AIDS crisis that is more prevalent in Africa than anywhere else in the world. The only good news here (unfortunately) is that Africa has no where to go but up – it is so badly damaged that it cannot possibly get any worse. Hundreds of steps need to be taken to get Africa and its nearly-1-billion-people population back on track so let me share one idea that you probably haven’t heard before. Look at some basic military facts about every African nation listen below and then I’ll give some collective statistics and show you why this information is important.

Flag of Algeria Algeria: 337,500 troops — $3 billion or 3.6% of GDP
Flag of Angola Angola: 110,000 troops — $2 billion or 6.6% of GDP
Flag of Benin Benin: 7,550 total troops — $100.9 million or 1.8% of GDP
Flag of Botswana Botswana: 10,500 troops — $325.5 million or 3.5% of GDP
Flag of Burkina Faso Burkina F: 52,800 troops — $74.83 million or 1.3% of GDP
Flag od Burundi Burundi: 45,500 troops — $43.90 million or 5.9% of GDP
Flag of Cameroon Cameroon: 32,100 troops — $230.1 million or 1.4% of GDP
Flag of Cape Verde Cape Verde: 1,200 troops — $7.18 million or 0.7% of GDP
Flag of the Central African Republic Central AR: 2,400 troops — $16.37 million or 1.1% of GDP
Flag of Chad Chad: 34,850 troops ——- $68.95 million or 4.6% of GDP
Flag of the Comoros Comoros: ~1,000 troops — $12.87 million or 2.2% of GDP
Flag of DR Congo DR Congo: 85,200 troops — $103.7 million or 2.1% of GDP
Flag of R Congo R Congo: 12,000 troops —- $85.22 million or 4.3% of GDP
Flag of the Ivory Coast Ivory Coast: 24,050 troops – $246.6 million or 4.0% of GDP
Flag of Djibouti Djibouti: 11,250 troops —– $29.05 million or 4.1% of GDP
Flag of Egypt Egypt: 1,109,000 troops — $2.44 billion or 3.4% of GDP
Flag od Equatorial Guinea E Guinea: 3,220 troops —- $152.2 million or 0.1% of GDP
Flag of Eritrea Eritrea: 452,000 troops — $220.1 million or 7.8% of GDP
Flag of Ethiopia Ethiopia: 182,500 troops — $295.5 million or 3.9% of GDP
Flag of Gabon Gabon: 6,200 total troops — $253.5 million or 3.4% of GDP
Flag of The Gambia Gambia: ~800 total troops – $1.55 million or 0.6% of GDP
Flag of Ghana Ghana: 7000 total troops — $83.65 million or 0.8% of GDP
Flag of Guinea Guinea: 19,300 troops —- $119.7 million or 1.8% of GDP
Flag of Guinea Bissau Guinea-B: 11,250 troops — $9.46 million or 3.1% of GDP
Flag of Kenya Kenya: 29,120 troops —– $280.5 million or 3.0% of GDP
Flag of Lesotho Lesotho: 2,000 troops —– $41.1 million or 2.8% of GDP
Flag of Liberia Liberia: 13,000 troops —- $67.4 million or 1.3% of GDP
Flag of Lybia Libya: 119,000 troops —- $1.3 billion or 3.9% of GDP
Flag of Madagascar Madagascar: 21,600 troops – $329 million or 1.1% of GDP
Flag of Malawi Malawi: 6,800 troops —— $15.81 million or 1.4% of GDP
Flag of Mali Mali: 12,150 total troops — $106.3 million or 2.0% of GDP
Flag of Mauritania Mauritania: 20,250 troops – $19.32 million or 6.7% of GDP
Flag of Mauritius Mauritius: none troops —- $12.04 million or 0.3% of GDP
Flag of Morocco Morroco: 359,800 troops — $2.31 billion or 5.0% of GDP
Flag of Mozambique Mozambique: 10,000 troops – $78.03 million or 0.9% of GDP
Flag of Namibia Namibia: 15,000 troops —- $149.5 million or 3.9% of GDP
Flag of Niger Niger: 10,700 total troops — $44.78 million or 1.1% of GDP
Flag of Nigeria Nigeria: 160,500 troops — $737.6 million or 1.6% of GDP
Flag of Rwanda Rwanda: 71,000 troops —- $53.66 million or 13.3% of GDP
Flag of Sao Tome and Principe Sao Tome: ~500 troops —- $0.582 million or 0.8% of GDP
Flag of Senegal Senegal: 15,200 troops —- $117.3 million or 1.9% of GDP
Flag of Seychelles Seychelles: 700 troops —– $14.85 million or 2.0% of GDP
Flag of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone: 13,000 troops – $14.25 million or 2.5% of GDP
Flag of Somalia Somalia: 10,000 militia —- $22.34 million or 1.3% of GDP
Flag of South Africa S Africa: 55,750 troops —- $3.55 billion or 1.9% of GDP
Flag of Sudan Sudan: 199,500 troops —- $587 million or 3.0% of GDP
Flag of Swaziland Swaziland: ~none troops — $41.6 million or 4.9% of GDP
Flag of Tanzania Tanzania: 108,400 troops – $21.2 million or 1.6% of GDP
Flag of Togo Togo: 10,200 total troops – $29.98 million or 1.6% of GDP
Flag of Tunisia Tunisia: 47,000 troops —- $356 million or 1.5% of GDP
Flag of Uganda Uganda: 61,800 troops — $192.8 million or 2.4% of GDP
Flag of Zambia Zambia: 23,000 troops — $121.7 million or 2.9% of GDP
Flag of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe: 53,800 troops – $124.7 million or 3.7% of GDP

The numbers above include the total number of troops (active, reserve, and paramilitary) for every African country. In addition, they include how much each of these countries spends to maintain their military and the percentage of their GDP (Gross Domestic Product) that is set aside for that military. Collectively you can see that African nations have more than 4,000,000 (exactly 4,008,940) total troops. That is four million people that could be paramedics rather than paramilitants. Four million people that could be educators, spreading knowledge about HIV/AIDS, malaria, etc. Four million people that can be trained to cure people of diseases and admister HIV tests instead of being trained to fight and die in another pointless war or battle for power.

Paramilitary Paramedic

Africa as a whole (perhaps with the exception of some northern African countries) doesn’t need a military force. With all the problems many African nations face, the least they can do is remain neutral in global affairs, keeping themselves out of wars and not fighting over their borders amongst each other. There is enough to worry about in Africa without any more genocides and political wars. For example, the Darfur region of Sudan has been ravaged by an endless conflict. Too many lives are wasted in such disputes, too much money is spend on them that should be used to give Africa some of the countless things it needs. Africa in its current state is like one of those small Pacific islands that are too small or insignificant or too sparsly populated in comparison to the rest of the world to really need a military (of course Africa in reality is exactly the opposime of all those things).

African Soldiers

What do all those small islands or places that otherwise don’t need a military do? They have their defense, if it be needed, provided by other countries. The United States is already responsible for protecting a few of those sovereign nations including Palau and the Marshall Islands. It already spends billions a year on developing weapons and obtaining new equipment and if it didn’t use that money on the defense of these small nations, it would still spend the money regardless. My point is, there is no impact on our economy if our military defends others nations if they need to be defended (I can’t image any of these places needing half as much money as what Iraq is using right now). That leads to the question – what if Africa stopped spending money on military affairs and training millions of people for military duty and instead let the US be responsible for its defence?

The United States would be the only military power in Africa and it would be completely neutral. The goal of such a move would be to prevent any more violence between the nations of Africa or various rebel groups. No African nation would have an official military and all militant groups will be disassembled which would give true democracy in Africa a boost. The US would:

(1) Protect all African borders so that they stay the same

(2) Disassable militant groups (as well as any terrorist groups)

(3) Ensure that militant groups don’t get control of the govt.

(4) Free up African money to be used to fight poverty/disease.

(5) Prevent any more genocides between the different African tribes.

Oh, and exactly how much money is Africa currently using on its defence that it could instead use to fight HIV/AIDS and poverty? Exactly $18,352,482,000. Again, that is over 4,000,000 people and over $18.35 billion (with a B) that could be saved if the US provided Africa its defence, should it need any. Considering that there is nobody out there that would have any reason to attack Africa, this is a win-win for both sides. The US has greater influence and, without any extra money being spend, Africa is improved.

What do you think?

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