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List of enlistment age by country

Afghanistan – 18 voluntary
Argentina – 18 voluntary
Algeria – 17 voluntary, 19 compulsory
Australia – 18 voluntary; age 17 with parental consent
Antigua and Barbuda – 18 voluntary
Austria – 17 voluntary, 18 compulsory
Angola – 18 voluntary – men, 20 voluntary – women, 20 compulsory – men
Azerbaijan – 17 voluntary, 18 compulsory
Albania – 19 voluntary; age lowered to 18 during wartime
Armenia – 17 military cadets, 18 compulsory

1. B
Brunei – 17 voluntary
Benin – 18 compulsory
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
Brazil – 17 voluntary, 18 compulsory
Belarus – 17 military cadets, 18 compulsory
Bahamas – 18 voluntary
Barbados – 18 voluntary
Bahrain – 15 military cadets, NCOs and technicians, 18 other enlistment
Botswana – 18 voluntary
Burkina Faso – 18 voluntary
Belize – 18 voluntary
Burundi – 18 voluntary
Belgium – 18 voluntary
Bhutan – 18 voluntary, 20 compulsory militia training
Bosnia and Herzegovina – 18 voluntary
Bulgaria – 18 voluntary
Bangladesh – 16 voluntary

2. C
Democratic Republic of the Congo – 18 compulsory
Canada – 18 voluntary; volunteers can join the Reserves and enter the Military Colleges at age 16, or join the regular forces at age 17 with parental consent
Comoros – 18 voluntary
Peoples Republic of China – 18 compulsory; only registration is compulsory. People do not have to serve in the military
Chad – 18 voluntary, 20 compulsory – men, 21 compulsory – women
Cyprus – 17 voluntary, 18 compulsory for Greek Cypriots only
Croatia – 18 voluntary
Cameroon – 18 voluntary
Cape Verde – 17 voluntary, 18 compulsory
Czech Republic – 18 voluntary
Central African Republic – 18 voluntary
Republic of the Congo – 18 voluntary
Chile – 18 voluntary
Cote dIvoire – 18 compulsory; conscription not enforced
Cuba – 17 compulsory
Colombia – 18 compulsory
Cambodia – 18 compulsory

3. E
Eswatini Swaziland – 18 voluntary
Ecuador – 18 compulsory; conscription is currently suspended until further notice
Ethiopia – 18 voluntary
Equatorial Guinea – 18 compulsory
Estonia – 18 compulsory
El Salvador – 16 voluntary, 18 compulsory
Egypt – 15 voluntary, 18 compulsory
Eritrea – 18 compulsory

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

5. I
Ireland – 18 voluntary; age 17 with parental consent
Iraq – 18 voluntary
Italy – 18 voluntary
Indonesia – 18 voluntary
India – 17 voluntary; volunteers can join the Navy at age 16
Israel – 17 voluntary, 18 compulsory for Jews and Druze only
Iran – 15 voluntary service in the Basij, 16 voluntary, 18 and 20 compulsory

6. K
South Korea – 18 compulsory
Kyrgyzstan – 16 military cadets, 18 compulsory, 19 voluntary – women
North Korea – 17 compulsory
Kazakhstan – 15 military cadets, 18 compulsory
Kenya – 18 voluntary
Kuwait – 17 voluntary

7. L
Lesotho – 18 voluntary
Lithuania – 18 compulsory
Luxembourg – 18 voluntary
Liberia – 18 voluntary
Latvia – 18 voluntary
Lebanon – 17 voluntary
Libya – 18 voluntary
Laos – 18 compulsory

8. M
Maldives – 18 voluntary
Morocco – 20 voluntary
Myanmar – 18 voluntary
Mozambique – 18 compulsory
Moldova – 18 compulsory
Mongolia – 18 compulsory
Malta – 18 voluntary
Malaysia – 17 voluntary
Mali – 18 compulsory
Mauritania – 18 voluntary
Mexico – 16 voluntary, with parental consent, 18 compulsory
Montenegro – 18 voluntary
Malawi – 18 voluntary
Madagascar – 18 compulsory

9. N
Namibia – 18 voluntary
Nepal – 18 voluntary
North Macedonia – 18 voluntary
New Zealand – 17 voluntary; soldiers are not deployed in combat before the age of 18
Norway – 17 voluntary – men, 18 voluntary – women, 19 compulsory; conscription age can be lowered to 16 during wartime
Nigeria – 18 voluntary
Niger – 18 compulsory
Nicaragua – 18 voluntary
Netherlands – 17 voluntary

10. P
Peru – 18 voluntary
Portugal – 18 voluntary
Philippines – 17 voluntary
Papua New Guinea – 18 voluntary; age 16 with parental consent
Paraguay – 18 compulsory
Poland – 18 voluntary
Pakistan – 16 voluntary

11. S
Saudi Arabia – 17 voluntary
Sri Lanka – 18 voluntary
Suriname – 18 voluntary
San Marino – 18 voluntary
Slovenia – 18 voluntary
Sweden – 18 voluntary
Syria – 18 compulsory
Serbia – 18 voluntary
Seychelles – 18 voluntary
Slovakia – 18 voluntary
South Africa – 18 voluntary
Senegal – 18 voluntary, 20 compulsory
São Tome and Principe – 17 voluntary, 18 compulsory
Saint Kitts and Nevis – 18 voluntary
Switzerland – 18 voluntary, 19 compulsory
Sierra Leone – 18 voluntary
Sudan – 18 compulsory
Somalia – 18 compulsory
Spain – 18 voluntary
Singapore – 16.5 voluntary, 18 compulsory
South Sudan – 18 compulsory

12. T
Trinidad and Tobago – 18 voluntary; age 16 with parental consent
Turkmenistan – 15 military cadets, 18 compulsory
Tajikistan – 15 military cadets, 18 compulsory; military training starts at age 16
Togo – 18 voluntary
Turkey – 18 voluntary, 21 compulsory
Timor-Leste – 18 voluntary
Tunisia – 18 voluntary, 20 compulsory
Tonga – 18 voluntary; age 16 with parental consent
Taiwan – 18 compulsory
Thailand – 18 voluntary, 21 compulsory
Tanzania – 18 voluntary

13. U
United Arab Emirates – 17 voluntary, with consent, 18 compulsory
Uruguay – 18 voluntary
Ukraine – 20 compulsory; conscription is planned to be abolished in the future
Uzbekistan – 18 compulsory
United States – 18 voluntary registration, 18 voluntary service; age 17 with parental consent
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
Uganda – 18 voluntary

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