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Militarisation in everyday life in the UK
An event held in October 2013 in London which brought together academics, writers, activists and campaigners who are researching, writing, campaigning on, or just concerned about the implications of the militarisation of everyday life in the UK. See more here including background reading and films of 12 presentations from the day.
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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
British army: one young recruit's story
A 4 part investigation of 'the soldier myth' - talking to soldiers about recruitment, training, fighting and coming home
The Last Ambush? Aspects of mental health in the British armed forces
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 published by Child Soldiers International and ForcesWatch outlines the numerous ethical and legal concerns related to rhe recruitment of under-18s, including the disproportionately high level of risk they face and long-term consequences for their employability, as well as detailing how much more it costs than recruiting only adults. April 2013