Country report and updates: Trinidad and Tobago
conscription does not exist
Conscription has never existed since independence was achieved in 1962.
Compulsory military service existed while the country was part of the British Empire. 
Legal minimum enlistment age for the armed forces (including the paramilitary Volunteer Defence Force) is 18. Enlistment is, however, possible at a younger age with the written consent of parents or legal guardians. 
Legislation allows for enlistment of under 18-year-olds in exceptional circumstances. 
2 Conscientious objection
There is no known legal provision for conscientious objection.
No information available.
6 Annual statistics
The armed forces are 1,400-strong, which is 0.16 percent of the population. 
 Permanent mission of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations 1998. Response to a Quaker United Nations Office enquiry, Geneva, 13 February 1998.  Prasad, D., T. Smythe 1968. Conscription: a world survey, compulsory military service and resistance to it. War Resisters' International, London.  Institute for Strategic Studies 1997. Military Balance 1997/98. ISS, London.