Lithuania

Lithuania
 

Conscription: No (since 2009).

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict: Signed (13 Feb 2002). Ratified (20 Feb 2003).
Voluntary recruitment age: 18.
Conscientious objection recognised for professional soldiers: No.
Military expenditure: 1.4% of GDP (data 2009).

Remarks:
1) The Riflemen’s Union, a voluntary state-supported paramilitary organization, provided volunteers under 18 with training in shooting, military history and fitness, for two hours weekly and at summer camp.
2) There is no right to conscientious objection for professional soldiers.

Recommendations:
1) Stop military training and abolish military schools for persons aged under 18.
2) Recognise the right to conscientious objection for professional soldiers.