Military > Conscription status: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Whether countries prescribe mandatory military services as of 1997.
Albania No
Bangladesh No
Belgium No
Brazil Yes
Bulgaria No (abolished by law on January 1, 2008({{Cite document
Burma Yes ({{Cite document
Chile Yes
Djibouti No
Egypt Yes
El Salvador Legal, not practiced
Finland Yes
Greece Yes
Grenada No
Jamaica No
Japan No
Jordan Uncertain
Kuwait Yes
Lebanon No (abolished in 2007){{Cite web
Libya Yes
Lithuania No
Maldives No
Malta No
Mexico Yes
Moldova Yes
Nepal No
Netherlands Legal, suspended since 1997 (Conscription still exists, but the compulsory attendance was held in abeyance per January 1, 1997 (effective per August 22, 1996), {{Cite web
New Zealand No
Norway Switzerland
Pakistan No
Philippines Legal.(Article II Section 4 of reads, "The prime duty of the Government is to serve and protect the people. The Government may call upon the people to defend the State and, in the fulfillment thereof, all citizens may be required, under conditions provided by law, to render personal, military or civil service.") Practiced selectively and only rarely({{Cite document
Poland No("Poland's defence minister, Bogdan Klich, said the country will move towards a professional army and that from January, only volunteers will join the armed forces.", {{Cite web
Qatar No
Romania No (ended in 2007)({{Cite document
Russia Yes
Syria Yes
Taiwan $383300
Thailand Yes
Tonga No
Trinidad and Tobago No
Turkey Yes
United States No(The United States abandoned the draft in 1973 under President Richard Nixon, ended the Selective Service registration requirement in 1975 under President Gerald Ford, and then re-instated the Selective Service registration requirement in 1980 under President Jimmy Carter. Today the U.S. Selective Service System remains as a contingency, should a military draft be re-introduced. For more information see the website.) Registration remains required.
Vanuatu No
Venezuela Yes({{Cite web


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