Länderberichte und aktuelle Informationen: Central African Republic
In the Central African Republic, a former French colony, several armed groups are fighting each other. On 15 April 1998, French troops, who were supposed to be a peace keeping force, were replaced by a 1,400-strong UN peace keeping force MINURCA, with soldiers from seven African countries. Despite a peace agreement, the armed conflict continues to cause deaths. 
According to several sources, there is selective conscription.   
It is believed that only civil servants are liable for military service. 
Military service lasts for 2 years. After that a reserve obligation applies. 
postponement and exemption
It is not known if there are any postponement or exemption regulations.
Just how the recruitment of civil servants takes place is not known.
2 Conscientious objection
There is no known legal provision for conscientious objection.
3 Draft evasion and desertion
No information about this is available.
4 Recruitment by armed insurgent groups
There are several armed groups in the Central African Republic, but about their recruitment practices nothing is known.
6 Annual statistics
The armed forces comprise 4,950 troops, including a 2,300 strong Gendarmerie. They form just over 0.1 percent of the population. 
Every year approximately 33,000 men reach the age of 18. 
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