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.


A[edit]

  •  Afghanistan – 18 (voluntary)
  •  Albania – 19 (voluntary; age lowered to 18 during wartime)
  •  Algeria – 17 (voluntary), 19 (compulsory)
  •  Angola – 18 (voluntary – men), 20 (voluntary – women), 20 (compulsory – men)
  •  Antigua and Barbuda – 18 (voluntary)
  •  Argentina – 18 (voluntary)
  •  Armenia – 17 (military cadets), 18 (compulsory)
  •  Australia – 18 (voluntary; 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 (other enlistment)
  •  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 – 16 (voluntary; pre-military training can start at age 15, providing an exemption from future service; conscription possible at age 14 if there is a shortage of volunteers)
  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina – 18 (voluntary)
  •  Botswana – 18 (voluntary)
  •  Brazil – 17 (voluntary), 18 (compulsory)
  •  Brunei – 17 (voluntary)
  •  Bulgaria – 18 (voluntary)
  •  Burkina Faso – 18 (voluntary)
  •  Burundi – 18 (voluntary)

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D[edit]

E[edit]

F[edit]

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 during wartime)
  •  Guatemala – 17 (compulsory)
  •  Guinea – 18 (voluntary)
  •  Guinea-Bissau – 16 (voluntary, with parental consent), 18 (compulsory)
  •  Guyana – 18 (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 (voluntary; age 17 with parental consent)
  •  Israel – 17 (voluntary), 18 (compulsory for Jews and Druze only)
  •  Italy – 18 (voluntary)

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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; conscription age can be lowered to 16 during wartime)

O[edit]

  •  Oman – 18 (voluntary)

P[edit]

Q[edit]

  •  Qatar – 18 (compulsory)

R[edit]

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

S[edit]

T[edit]

  •  Taiwan – 18 (compulsory)
  •  Tajikistan – 15 (military cadets), 18 (compulsory; military training starts at age 16)
  •  Tanzania – 18 (voluntary)
  •  Thailand – 18 (voluntary), 21 (compulsory)
  •  Timor-Leste – 18 (voluntary)
  •  Togo – 18 (voluntary)
  •  Tonga – 18 (voluntary; age 16 with parental consent)
  •  Trinidad and Tobago – 18 (voluntary; 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 – 17 (voluntary, with consent), 18 (compulsory)
  •  United Kingdom – 18 (voluntary; age 16 with parental consent; age 17 for admission to an officer program; Nepalese citizens can join the Brigade of Gurkhas at age 17)
  •  United States – 18 (voluntary registration), 18 (voluntary service; age 17 with parental consent), 17 (compulsory militia service under 10 U.S. Code § 246)[1]
  •  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; age 16 with parental consent)
  •  Zimbabwe – 18 (voluntary)

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