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Why does the military have a 'youth engagement' policy and why is the government promoting 'military ethos' within education? What is the impact of military activities taking place in schools? ForcesWatch have been working with the charity Headliners and a group of young people in London to produce this short film which explores these questions and gives teenagers the opportunity to voice their reaction to the military’s interest in their lives.
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This report from ForcesWatch, shows that young soldiers recruited from disadvantaged backgrounds are substantially more likely than other troops to return from war experiencing problems with their mental health, and calls for the policy of recruiting from age 16 to be reviewed. October 2013
One Step Forward: The case for ending recruitment of minors by the British armed forces
This report from Child Soldiers International and ForcesWatch outlines ethical and legal concerns related to the recruitment of under-18s, including the disproportionate levels of risk they face and long-term consequences for employability, as well as detailing how much more it costs than recruiting only adults. April 2013
THERE are hook the duck stalls, fairground rides and countless ice-cream vans. But these are not the most popular attractions with the thousands of small children who descended on Stirling yesterday for Armed Forces Day. They seemed to prefer handling the high-velocity sniper rifle, getting to grips with an 81mm mortar or staring down the sights of a Starstreak II missile launcher, with its operator on hand to boast of its "multi-target capability" and 7km range.
Giles Fraser asks if the commitment for 100 new cadet force units in state schools by 2015 the best way to mark the start of the first world war?
“The stirring music, smart uniforms and synchronised marching that characterise Armed Forces Day are a glossy front behind which sits a deliberate strategy to manipulate the public,”
"Machine guns and other weapons were presented to the children as playthings"
A week after the government pledged a further £1 million for more cadet forces in state secondary schools, a new film is launched which shows that many young people are critical of the promotion of military activities in their schools.
Bursary scheme will allocate money paid in fines by British banks caught up in the Libor rate-fixing scandal to state schools to help them offer thousands more children the chance to join military cadet forces.
Child Soldiers International: We now face the prospect of 16 year old girls joining the army in combat roles.