Practice Relating to Rule 136. Recruitment of Child Soldiers
In 2008, in its second periodic report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Tajikistan stated:
Voluntary enlistment in the armed forces
94. A young person may not volunteer for the army until he or she has reached the age of 18 (Universal Military Service Act).
95. Young people may be conscripted into the armed forces from the age of 18.
Participation in hostilities
96. Under the Criminal Code, the recruitment, training and financing of a minor for participation in armed conflict or military operations are punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of from 7 to 15 years with forfeiture of property.
In the report, Tajikistan also stated:
On 5 August 2002, Tajikistan ratified the  Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. Insofar as there has been no armed conflict in the country since 1997, the risk of children being recruited is minimal, especially as the law prohibits the enlistment of persons under the age of 18. In 2002, the Ministry of Defence introduced a procedure for examining anonymous complaints in every recruiting office because of the complaints generated by the procedure for recruitment into the armed forces. The Ministry of Defence runs the Suvorov military academy, which accepts students from the age of 15 for three years of study. The academy mainly provides a military and patriotic education consisting of courses in physical education, social sciences and military theory.