Practice Relating to Rule 136. Recruitment of Child Soldiers
In 2009, in its initial report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Afghanistan stated:
Conscription in the army
79. The Council of Ministers Directive No. 30 issued in 2008 states that the age of conscription to the armed services is a minimum of 18 years of age.
Children and armed conflict
272. Afghanistan ratified the  Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict in 2003. In 2007 Afghanistan, together with 58 other states, endorsed the Paris Commitments to protect children from unlawful recruitment or use by armed forces or armed groups and the Paris Principles and guidelines on children associated with armed forces or armed groups.
274. After the establishment of the new Government in 2002, compulsory service in the army has been changed to voluntary service and recruited is for a period of three years. This issue has been reflected in the Council of Ministers Directive No. 30 issued in 2008. Also in accordance with this directive, the age of conscription to the armed service is a minimum of 18 years of age.