Practice Relating to Rule 137. Participation of Child Soldiers in Hostilities
According to the Report on the Practice of Jordan, the Military Service Law (1972) provides that children under 16 years old may not take a direct part in hostilities.
In 2005, in its third periodic report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Jordan stated:
Under article 5(b) of the Military Service Act (law No. 2 of 1972) and article 139(b) of the Officers’ Service Act (law No. 35 of 1966), no one under 16 years of age may serve as an ordinary soldier, and no one under 17 years of age may serve as an officer. No soldier under 18 years of age may take part in military operations. Persons under 18 years of age are no longer accepted as volunteers in any case.