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30/04/1998 1 Conscription

conscription does not exist

Following the 1989 US invasion the Panamian armed forces were dissolved.

Recruitment into the paramilitary forces, including the national police force, is voluntary.

Conscription is enshrined in art. 306 of the Constitution, which states: "All Panamians are required to bear arms to defend national independence and territorial integrity, except as provided in art.

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