When it comes to pure manpower, no country in the world comes close to China. According to Global Firepower estimates, the People's Republic currently has roughly 2.18 million active military personnel at its disposal. With almost half that number in second and third place are India and the United States with 1.36 and 1.28 million respectively. North Korea and Russia are the only other countries with more than one million in manpower. Iran, now possibly on the brink of war with the United States, is in eighth place, with 523 thousand.