Countries With Mandatory Military Service 2019

Around the world, nations have their own militaries. How citizens are chosen for military service varies based on the country’s laws. In some nations, military service is voluntary. Citizens opt to sign up to join the military as their career. In other nations, there is a conscription system. This is also known as a draft, where a group of people (such as men over the age of 18) are required to sign up for military service but will not report for duty unless they are called to serve. Other nations have mandatory military service, where all citizens or a select group must sign up to serve their country. Finally, there are nations that have a combination of these systems.

There are several nations that have compulsory, or required, military service as well as voluntary military service. Those nations are Bermuda, Burundi, Cape Verde, Colombia, France, Kuwait, Mali, Mauritania, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, and Venezuela. The United States does not have compulsory military service, but it is also included in this list because all males between the ages of 18 and 25 must register with the Selective Service to be drafted if needed.

There are many nations that have compulsory military service up to one year. Those nations are Brazil, Estonia, France, Greece, Qatar, Sweden, and Turkey.

Nations that require one year of military service include Algeria, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Paraguay, Russia, Taiwan, Tunisia, and Uzbekistan.

There are several nations that require military service of no more than 18 months. Those nations are Azerbaijan, Belarus, Benin, Cambodia, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Egypt, Georgia, Kuwait, Laos, Morocco, and United Arab Emirates.

The nations that require military service of longer than 18 months include Armenia, Angola, Central African Republic, Chad, Cuba, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Israel, North Korea, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Singapore, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Togo, and Yemen.

Most compulsory service is for adult males. However, there are also nations that have compulsory service for women. These countries are Armenia, Cape Verde, Chad, China, Eritrea, Israel, Norway, North Korea, and Sweden.

Flag Name Area Population 2019 Growth Rate
Thailand513,120 km²69,306,1600.18%
France551,695 km²65,480,7100.38%
Colombia1,141,748 km²49,849,8180.78%
Venezuela916,445 km²32,779,8681.23%
Mali1,240,192 km²19,689,1403.04%
Burundi27,834 km²11,575,9643.21%
Sweden450,295 km²10,053,1350.71%
Singapore710 km²5,868,1041.32%
Mauritania1,030,700 km²4,661,1492.67%
Kuwait17,818 km²4,248,9741.24%
Cape Verde4,033 km²560,3491.27%
Bermuda54 km²60,833-0.39%