Country report and updates: Brunei
conscription does not exist
Conscription has never existed in Brunei.
The government stated in 1989 that it had no plans to introduce compulsory military service.  
Only ethnic Malayans, who form 67 percent of the population, are allowed to join the armed forces. 
2 Conscientious objection
There is no known legal provision for conscientious objection.
No information available.
6 Annual statistics
The armed forces are 5,000-strong, that is, 1.61 percent of the population. 
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