List of 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.


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  • Albania – 19 (voluntary)
  • Algeria – 18 (voluntary), 19 (compulsory)
  • Angola – 18 (voluntary – men), 20 (voluntary – women), 20 (compulsory – men)
  • Antigua and Barbuda – 18 (voluntary)
  • Argentina – 18 (lowering age of majority 21 to 18)
  • 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 (voluntary, 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 militia training)
  • Bolivia – 17 (voluntary; volunteers can start military training at age 15, exempting them from compulsory service), 18 (compulsory; conscription is only used when annual number of volunteers falls short of goal)
  • 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 (voluntary)
  • Burundi – 18 (voluntary)

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E[edit]

  • Ecuador – 18 (compulsory; conscription is currently suspended in Ecuador until further notice)
  • Egypt – 16 (voluntary), 18 (compulsory)
  • El Salvador – 16 (voluntary), 18 (compulsory)
  • Equatorial Guinea – 18 (compulsory)
  • Eritrea – 18 (compulsory)
  • Estonia – 18 (compulsory)
  • Ethiopia – 18 (voluntary)

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G[edit]

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

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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 (voluntary) 17 with parental consent
  • Israel – 17 (voluntary), 18 (compulsory)
  • Italy – 18 (voluntary)

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K[edit]

  • Kazakhstan – 15 (military cadets), 18 (compulsory)
  • Kenya – 18 (voluntary).
  • North Korea – 16 (voluntary), 18 (compulsory)
  • South Korea – 18 (voluntary), 20 (compulsory)
  • Kuwait – 17 (voluntary), 18 (compulsory)
  • Kyrgyzstan – 16 (military cadets), 18 (compulsory), 19 (voluntary – women)

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N[edit]

  • Namibia – 18 (voluntary)
  • Nepal – 18 (voluntary)
  • 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 – 17 (voluntary – men), 18 (voluntary – women), 19 (compulsory – men; conscription age can be lowered to 16 in wartime)

O[edit]

  • Oman – 18 (voluntary)

P[edit]

  • Pakistan – 16 (voluntary; 15-year-olds can join the Air Force as technicians)
  • Papua New Guinea – 18 (voluntary; volunteers can join at age 16 with parental consent)
  • Paraguay – 18 (compulsory)
  • Peru – 18 (voluntary)
  • Philippines – 17 (voluntary)
  • Poland – 18 (voluntary)
  • Portugal – 18 (voluntary)

Q[edit]

  • Qatar – 18 (compulsory)

R[edit]

  • Romania – 18 (voluntary), 20 (compulsory)
  • Russia – 16 (military cadets), 18 (compulsory)
  • Rwanda – 18 (voluntary)

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T[edit]

  • Taiwan – 18 (voluntary)
  • 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 – 20 (compulsory; conscription is planned to be abolished in the future)
  • United Arab Emirates – 16 (naval cadets), 18 (compulsory); The country started compulsory national service recently. Exceptions can be made if the applicant had good grades.
  • United Kingdom – 18 (voluntary; volunteers can join at age 16 with parental consent; 17 years old for admission to an officer program; Nepalese citizens can join the Brigade of Gurkhas at age 17)
  • United States – 18(compulsory registration for males) 18 (voluntary service; volunteers can serve at age 17 with parental consent)
  • Uruguay – 18 (voluntary)
  • Uzbekistan – 18 (compulsory)

V[edit]

  • Venezuela – 18 (compulsory)
  • Vietnam – 17 (military cadets), 18 (compulsory)

Y[edit]

  • Yemen – 18 (voluntary)

Z[edit]

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

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