Enlistment age by country

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These are the enlistment ages for Military service, by country, according to the online CIA publication The World Factbook.


A[edit]

  • Afghanistan – 18 (voluntary)
  • Albania – 19 (voluntary)
  • Algeria – 17 (voluntary), 19 (compulsory)
  • Angola – 18 (voluntary - men), 20 (voluntary - women), 20 (compulsory - men)
  • Antigua and Barbuda – 18 (voluntary)
  • Argentina – 21 (voluntary; volunteers can join at age 18 with parental consent)
  • Armenia – 17 (military cadets), 18 (compulsory)
  • Australia – 18 (voluntary; volunteers can join at age 17 with parental consent)
  • Austria – 17 (voluntary), 18 (compulsory)
  • Azerbaijan – 17 (voluntary), 18 (compulsory)

B[edit]

  • Bahamas – 18 (voluntary)
  • Bahrain – 15 (military cadets, NCOs and technicians), 18 (voluntary)
  • Bangladesh – 16 (voluntary)
  • Barbados - 18 (voluntary)
  • Belarus - 17 (military cadets), 18 (compulsory)
  • Belgium - 18 (voluntary)
  • Belize - 18 (voluntary)
  • Benin - 18 (compulsory)
  • Bhutan - 18 (voluntary), 20 (compulsory military training)
  • Bolivia - 17 (voluntary; volunteers can start military training at age 15, exempting them from compulsory service), 18 (compulsory)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina - 18 (voluntary)
  • Botswana - 18 (voluntary)
  • Brazil - 17 (voluntary), 18 (compulsory)
  • Brunei - 17 (voluntary)
  • Bulgaria - 18 (voluntary)
  • Burkina Faso - 18 (voluntary)
  • Burma - 18 (compulsory; conscription of children, despite being prohibited, still continues)
  • Burundi - No de jure enlistment age (de facto enlistment age 18)

C[edit]

D[edit]

E[edit]

F[edit]

  • Fiji - 18 (voluntary)
  • Finland - 18 (compulsory)
  • France - 18 (voluntary; volunteers can join at age 17 with parental consent)

G[edit]

  • Gabon - 20 (voluntary)
  • Gambia - 18 (voluntary)
  • Georgia - 18 (compulsory)
  • Germany - 17 (voluntary)
  • Ghana - 18 (voluntary)
  • Greece - 17 (voluntary), 19 (compulsory; conscription age can be lowered to 17 during wartime)
  • Guatemala - 17 (compulsory)
  • Guinea - 18 (compulsory)
  • Guinea-Bissau - 16 (voluntary, with parental consent), 18 (compulsory)
  • Guyana - 16 (voluntary)

H[edit]

I[edit]

  • India - 17 (voluntary; volunteers can join the Navy at age 16)
  • Indonesia - 18 (voluntary)
  • Iran - 15 (voluntary service in the Basij), 16 (voluntary), 18 (compulsory)
  • Iraq - 18 (voluntary)
  • Ireland - 18[1] (voluntary; volunteers can be recruited at age 16 for specialist positions)
  • Israel - 17 (voluntary), 18 (compulsory)
  • Italy - 18 (voluntary)

J[edit]

K[edit]

  • Kazakhstan - 17 (military cadets), 18 (compulsory)
  • Kenya - 18 (voluntary)
  • North Korea - 16 (voluntary), 18 (compulsory)
  • South Korea - 18 (voluntary), 20 (compulsory)
  • Kuwait - 17 (voluntary)
  • Kyrgyzstan - 16 (military cadets), 18 (compulsory), 19 (voluntary - women)

L[edit]

M[edit]

N[edit]

  • Namibia - 18 (voluntary)
  • Nepal - 18 (voluntary; volunteers can start military training at age 15)
  • Netherlands - 17 (voluntary)
  • New Zealand - 17 (voluntary; soldiers are not deployed in combat before the age of 18)
  • Nicaragua - 18 (voluntary)
  • Niger - 18 (compulsory)
  • Nigeria - 18 (voluntary)
  • Norway - 16 (voluntary service in the Home Guard), 17 (voluntary - men), 18 (voluntary - women), 19 (compulsory - men; lowered to 16 during wartime)

O[edit]

  • Oman - 18 (voluntary)

P[edit]

Q[edit]

R[edit]

  • Romania - 18 (voluntary)
  • Russia - 16 (military cadets), 18 (compulsory; men have to register for the draft at age 17)
  • Rwanda - 18 (voluntary)

S[edit]

T[edit]

  • Taiwan - 18 (compulsory)
  • Tajikistan - 15 (military cadets), 18 (compulsory)
  • Tanzania - 18 (voluntary)
  • Thailand - 18 (voluntary), 21 (compulsory)
  • Timor-Leste - 18 (voluntary)
  • Togo - 18 (compulsory)
  • Tonga - 18 (voluntary; volunteers can join at age 16 with parental consent)
  • Trinidad and Tobago - 18 (voluntary; volunteers can join at age 16 with parental consent)
  • Tunisia - 18 (voluntary), 20 (compulsory)
  • Turkey - 18 (voluntary), 21 (compulsory)
  • Turkmenistan - 15 (military cadets), 18 (compulsory)

U[edit]

  • Uganda - 18 (voluntary)
  • Ukraine - 18 (compulsory)
  • United Arab Emirates - 16 (naval cadets), 18 (voluntary)
  • United Kingdom - 18 (voluntary; volunteers can join at age 16 with parental consent; 17 years old for admission to an officer program)
  • United States - 18 (voluntary; volunteers can join at age 17 with parental consent; 16 years old if a junior in high school)
  • Uruguay - 18 (voluntary)
  • Uzbekistan - 18 (compulsory)

V[edit]

Y[edit]

Z[edit]

  • Zambia - 18 (voluntary; volunteers can join at age 16 with parental consent)
  • Zimbabwe - 18 (voluntary)

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