It would not be an exaggreation to say that the Sri Lankan army have had the upper hand in undeclared Eelam War 4. A series of military victories at Sampoor, Mavilaru, Vakarai and one critical victory at Muhamalai (August 2006), has increased the morale and public admiration of the Sri Lankan army. This has caused the army's recruitment rate to expand threefold.
During year 2005, 3400 new recruits joined the army. However, in 2006 a massive 10500 new recruitments were made. This is a 300% increase when compared with 2005 statistics. The army is enjoying an even better recruitment rate in 2007; for the first two months of 2007,a further 5670 new recruitments have been made.
Sri lankan army is the world's 34th largest army and is considered as one of the fastest growing armies in the world.