The Republic of Belarus, pursuant to article 3 of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, declares that voluntary recruitment of citizens into the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus shall occur upon the attainment by them of 18 years of age.
Admission to a military academy, to which citizens aged 17 years or over, including those who attain 17 years of age during the year in which they are admitted to such an academy, are entitled, in accordance with article 43 of the Act of the Republic of Belarus of 5 November 1992 on Military Obligations and Military Service, shall constitute an exception to the above. Such admission shall not be forced or coerced.
The legislation of the Republic of Belarus guarantees that entry into military service as a cadet at a military academy:
Shall be voluntary;
Shall occur with the informed consent of the person's parents or legal guardians;
Shall occur on condition that such persons are fully informed of the duties involved in military service;
Shall be permitted on condition that such persons provide reliable proof of age prior to acceptance into military service.