Practice Relating to Rule 137. Participation of Child Soldiers in Hostilities
In 2006, during the consideration of the initial report of El Salvador under the 2000 Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict before the Committee on the Rights of the Child, a representative of El Salvador stated:
[T]he Constitution of the Republic of El Salvador provides that military service is mandatory for all Salvadorans between the ages of 18 and 30. However, the fact that all Salvadorans suitable for military service may be drafted does not mean that El Salvador authorises the participation of children in hostilities.