Africa is home to some of the world’s weakest militaries. In 2021, these militaries will continue to face significant funding, training, and equipment challenges. The lack of resources has resulted in poor morale among soldiers and a general lack of discipline.
Many African militaries are also ill-equipped to respond to terrorist threats or outbreaks of violence. These weaknesses will likely be exploited by militant groups and other adversaries in the coming year.
In addition, the continent’s militaries are also plagued by poor leadership and corruption. While there is some hope for improvement, these problems will likely worsen in the coming years.
The weakest Military in Africa 2021
Madagascar is a country located in the southern part of Africa. It is considered the weakest military in Africa due to its lack of resources and training. In addition, the government has been struggling with poverty and political instability for many years, which has affected its ability to maintain a strong military. In 2021, Madagascar was expected to have the weakest military in Africa, with only 9,000 active soldiers and a budget of $47 million.
Mauritania is a country located in Northwest Africa. It has a population of around 4 million people and is ranked as the poorest country in the world. In 2020, Mauritania’s military was ranked as the weakest military in Africa and the 30th most vulnerable in the world. The Mauritanian military has over 7,000 active personnel and lacks real air or naval power.
In 2021, the Namibian military was identified as the weakest in Africa. A lack of resources and training has resulted in a military that can effectively defend against external threats. The government has recognized the need for a more robust military and is working to improve the situation, but much remains to be done.
7. Burkina Faso
Since gaining independence from France in 1960, Burkina Faso has had a turbulent history. The country has experienced more than 25 coups or attempted coups and has had six different heads of state. This instability has translated into a weak military that cannot effectively defend itself from external threats. In 2021, the Burkina Faso military will be the weakest in Africa, with only 3,000 active personnel and limited equipment.
6. the Central African Republic
The Central African Republic (CAR) came in last place. This is unsurprising, as the CAR has been embroiled in a civil war since 2013. The weak military has been unable to contain the violence, and the country is now experiencing its worst humanitarian crisis in history. Around 5.5 million people require assistance, and half of them are children.
Gabon, a small country on the Atlantic coast of Africa, has the weakest military in Africa. The Gabonese Armed Forces (FAG) has only 2,500 active-duty soldiers and six tanks. In addition, the military is poorly equipped and suffers from a lack of training. For example, the navy has just two patrol boats and three landing craft, while the air force has only six fighter jets and four transport aircraft.
In 2021, Eritrea’s military will be ranked as the weakest in Africa. This is mainly due to the country’s lack of access to weapons and training. Additionally, most of Eritrea’s military is composed of conscripts who are not given adequate training or equipment. As a result, Eritrea is vulnerable to attack from its neighbours, particularly Ethiopia.
3. Sierra Leone
In the early 2020s, Sierra Leone had the weakest military in Africa. With only a few hundred active personnel and outdated equipment, the military could not effectively protect from external threats or respond to internal crises. This lack of security led to widespread instability and contributed to the country’s high levels of poverty and crime.
Somalia is a country located in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia borders it to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, and Kenya to the south. Somalia has been inhabited since at least the Paleolithic period. The official languages of Somalia are Somali and Arabic. In 2020, Somalia was ranked as the weakest military in Africa and the 54th most vulnerable in the world. Out of a possible 100 points, Somalia scored just 8.5 points.
Since the end of the civil war in 2003, Liberia’s military has been significantly weakened. A lack of equipment and training has resulted in a military that cannot adequately defend against external threats. In 2021, Liberia’s military was ranked as the weakest in Africa, with only 6,000 active personnel and limited weapons.
Both Africa’s strongest and weakest military score highly on the power index. African countries are ranked highly in comparison to other international powers and military forces organizations. While Egypt ranks first on the GFP list, Liberia ranks last because of its less dynamic army.