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Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, 25 May 2000
Declaration made upon ratification (Translation) (Original: Spanish):
Declares that, under the Dominican legislation in force, persons enlisting in the armed forces must be at least 18 but less than 23 years of age at the time of recruitment. Persons between 16 and 18 years of age may enlist in the armed forces with the prior consent of their parents or guardians.
Recruitment into the armed forces is voluntary in peacetime and forced or compulsory when a state of emergency has been declared in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic. Should compulsory recruitment be imposed, persons under the age of 18 years will not be enlisted, and persons under the age of 18 years who are already enlisted will not be permitted to take an active part in hostilities.
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