Country report and updates: Jamaica
conscription does not exist
Conscription has never existed since independence was achieved in 1962.  
There is no legislation providing for conscription. 
Legal enlistment age is between the ages of 18 and 24.
2 Conscientious objection
There is no known legal provision for conscientious objection.
In 1998 the government stated that, as military service is voluntary, "the question of CO status does not apply". 
Desertion is punishable by up to two years' imprisonment in peacetime. In wartime desertion is punishable by firing squad execution. 
No information available.
6 Annual statistics
The armed forces are 3,320-strong - about 0.13 percent of the population. 
 Embassy of Jamaica in Brussels 1998. Response to CONCODOC questionnaire, 30 January 1998.  US State Department 1987. Islands of the Commonwealth Caribbean - a regional study. Area Handbooks, State Department, Washington DC.  Institute for Strategic Studies 1997. Military Balance 1997/98. ISS, London.