Table 5: Military Service Ages (part 1 of 4)

Military service ages
NB: general explanatory notes appear at the end of each Page
Country Compulsory military training in schools from: Optional school programme towards obligatory military service from: Admission to military training establishments from: Volunteers legally accepted for training from: become fully incorporated in active units Performance of military service optional from: Registration for obligatory military service Call-up for obligatory military service Liability until: Reserve duties until:
Afghanistan 22
Albania 19 32 55
Algeria 19 30 50
Angola 18 20 45
Argentina (a)11 16 18 17/18 S
Armenia 16 18 27 55
Australia 17 18 S
Austria 17 17 18 50
Azerbaijan 17 16 18 35 50
Bangladesh 16
Bahrein 15 17
Belarus 17 20 14 18 27
Belgium 15/16 18/19
Benin 21 21
Bolivia 15 18/19
Brazil 17 18/19 46
Brunei <17.5  
Bulgaria <18   18 30 55
Burkina Faso 20   18
Burundi   16
Cameroon 18  
Cambodia 18 30
Canada 16  
Cape Verde 17   18 35
Chad <18   20
Chile 17 16 b<18 17/18
China nk <18 17/18 22 35
Colombia 14 16   18
Croatia 17/18 18/19 27 55
Cuba nk 15   17 28
Cyprus   18 50
 Turkish Republic of North Cyprus 17   19 30
Notes:
  1. Argentina - admission to military high schools from which students graduate as reserve 2nd Lieutenants ( subtenientes de reserva )
  2. Chile - Students in the third or fourth year of secondary education

General Explanations

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