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Recruitment

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CRC Article = 38(3)
Note:
States Parties are required to refrain from recruiting any person who has not attained the age of 15 years into their armed forces. In recruiting among those persons who have attained the age of 15 years but who have not attained the age of 18 years, States Parties are required to endeavour to give priority to those who are oldest. The minimum ages established in States Parties for the purposes of recruitment and voluntary enlistment into the armed forces is of relevance to this provision. Article 77(2) of Protocol No. 1 Additional to the Geneva Convention of 12 August 1949 and Relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (1977) and Article 4(3)(c) of Protocol No. 2 Additional to the Geneva Convention of 12 August 1949 Relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts (1977) also deal with the recruitment of children into the armed forces.

See also:
Children in armed conflicts   Participation in hostilities