Child Soldiers Global Report 2001 - Bahamas
|Publisher||Child Soldiers International|
|Cite as||Child Soldiers International, Child Soldiers Global Report 2001 - Bahamas, 2001, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4988061328.html [accessed 5 December 2013]|
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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
Mainly covers the period June 1998 to April 2001 as well as including some earlier information.
– total: 301,000
– under-18s: 108,000
- Government armed forces:
– active: 860
- Compulsory recruitment age: no conscription
- Voluntary recruitment age: unknown
- Voting age (government elections): 18
- Child soldiers: unknown
- CRC-OP-CAC: not signed
- Other treaties ratified: CRC; GC/API+II
- It is not known if there are any under-18s in government armed forces due to lack of information about the minimum recruitment age.
National Recruitment Legislation and Practice
Recruitment for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RDBF) is on voluntary basis only.176 No information is available on the minimum age of recruitment. Basic training for marines takes place at the Coral Harbour base. Marines and officers are trained in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.
176 See http://www.nisbco.org/Report_Americas.htm, – website of the Centre on Conscience & War – NISBCO.