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our new book on militarism
At a comfortable distance from warfare, our culture easily passes over its horrific reality in favour of an appealing, even romantic, spectacle of war. Yet, over the last decade, most Britons have opposed Western military ventures abroad. This book takes a fresh look at a culture of militarism in Britain, public resistance to it, and the government's increasingly prodigious efforts to regain control of the story we tell ourselves about war. See more detail here Buy the book
We will be speaking and running workshops at the conference 'Militarisation in our Society', organised by Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in partnership with Central England Peace Committee, ForcesWatch and Quaker Peace & Social Witness, in Birmingham from 12-14 February 2016.
Security for the future: In search of a new vision
Here they outline their concerns about the existing model, and offer a different vision for the future, welcoming input from anyone who wishes to engage in this debate. Read more
Watch our film - Engage: the military and young people
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? This short film explores these questions and gives teenagers the opportunity to voice their reaction to the military’s interest in their lives.
Watch the film trailer below:
Watch with Welsh subtitles here
Sign the petition to raise the age of recruitment
A funny short film by a young boy on The Militarization of Boys
Raise the age to join the army to 18
By William and Noah
A 4 part investigation of 'the soldier myth' - talking to soldiers about recruitment, training, fighting and coming home
'MPs should watch it. The guys who make the foreign policy on this country should watch it.' A video of three British veterans of the Afghanistan war sharing their thoughts and feelings after watching an acclaimed new Danish film on the war.
MSPs are being urged to hold an inquiry into the presence of the armed forces in Scotland’s schools after an outcry over plans to set up cadet units aimed at the poorest pupils.
A controversial scheme to turn former military personnel into teachers has trained just a sixth of its target number of veterans during the first two years.
ForcesWatch is calling on the Scottish government to resist attempts to introduce Cadet units into the country’s state secondary schools.
Personnel from the Army recently visited a school as part of a 'British Values Day'; concerns have recently been raised both about armed forces school visits and compulsory 'British Values' education.
Extracts from a short article on the need for critical thinking teaching in schools, and examples of this being put into practice in the UK.
Video of the poet Lydia Towsey performing her new spoken-word poem, 'Daisy', which criticises the UK military's influence in schools.
The MoD recently acknowledged that the RAF's Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) road show in schools - run in partnership with the weapons company BAE Systems - is 'recruitment'.