Mainly covers the period June 1998 to April 2001 as well as including some earlier information.

  • Population:
    – total: 67,000
    – under-18s: 24,000
  • Government armed forces:
    – active: 150
    – reserve: 75
  • Compulsory recruitment age: no conscription
  • Voluntary recruitment age: unknown
  • Child Soldiers: unknown
  • Other treaties ratified: CRC;GC/API+II
  • It is not known if there are under-18s in Antigua and Barbuda small armed forces due to insufficient information regarding voluntary recruitment age.


National Recruitment Legislation and Practice

In Antigua and Barbuda security forces consist of a police force and a small defence force. The police are generally organised and supervised according to British law enforcement practices.94 There is no conscription into security forces, therefore recruitment is on a voluntary basis only.95 The minimum age for voluntary recruitment is not known.

94 Library of the US Congress op. cit.

95 Radda Barnen (Swedish Save the Children) Website.


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