The total number of the Qatari army, with its commanders, officers and soldiers, is about 12 thousand only! 6,000 of whom are with administrative jobs as well as high ranks commanders with administrative supervision mission only. There are also another 1,000 high rank positions who were awarded honorary ranks thanks to their loyalty to the Emir of Qatar. Finally, the remaining 5000 soldiers and officers are those who serve in the Qatari army as combat units.

The Qatari army is continuously declining among the armies of the world and is now at the bottom of the ranking among the armies of the world with the rank 100. It has been described by many specialized international organizations and institutions as a dwarf army that does not deserve to be called an “army.” This is because of its small size, weak expertise, lack of the doctrine of defending the country and the mercenaries’ majority of its ranks who have been naturalized or even bought.

Since the establishment of this army in 1971, Qatar has suffered greatly in the process of building an army capable of protecting the country, for many reasons including the refusal of young Qataris to join the armed forces, which prompted Doha to seek an alternative through the naturalization of mercenaries and the hiring of foreign security companies and then integrating their elements in ranks of the Qatari armed forces. It also suffered in the training and preparation of the army. The Qatari regime was begging in the Arab and foreign countries to conduct training courses for its army and to bring in trainers and military experts to supervise the preparation and training of Qatari forces. However, many countries refused to train the elements of the Qatari army because of the insufficient number in its ranks, in addition to the rebellion of its elements on the leaders and trainers, who were e either Qataris do not want to joint or stay in the army, or mercenaries who were only interested in gaining money.

As for why the Qataris have been refusing to join their country’s armed forces, this has several reasons, including:

First: They do not see themselves as inferior to the ruling family, nor do they have any allegiance or affiliation to them. Rather, most of the Qatari people do not give legitimacy to the Qatari regime and believe that more capable people must rule the country, especially since the policies of this regime have isolated Qatar and taken it away from its Arab body and Gulf spirit.

Second: the financial situation enjoyed by the Qatari youth, who prefer to work in the commercial and investment fields and free trade services, away from the military institution, which will have no weight in the region or the world.

Third: The presence of Iranian, Turkish and mercenary leaders in the ranks of the Qatari army, who practice forms of racism and disrespect for Qataris working in the military in order to ensure the absence of any Qatari officer who might reject the foreign presence and threaten their situation within the Qatari army.

Fourth: The Qatari youth are aware that there is no point in having an army operating under the will of this current regime because they fear that this regime will force the Qatari army into a war that might eliminate it completely, especially since it is one of the weakest armies and least experienced in the world.

Fifth: The Qatari youth feel that if they to join the Qatari army they will be soldiers for Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood and Turkey against the Arab and Islamic countries and peoples, and that they will participate in conspiring against the Arab and Islamic nation as well as carrying out destructive projects in the region.

As the strength and efficiency of many regional and global armed forces increase, and many countries adopt programs and plans to develop their armies, the Qatari army continues to decline globally. The Qatari army is expected to decline in the coming years by at least 10 levels in global rankings and to be ranked 110th in the world among the 136 armies usually included in reports and studies specialized in the classification of armies of the world.

Al Mezmaah Studies & Research Centre

February 6, 2019