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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.
The book was launched at Housmans Bookshop with ForcesWatch and Veterans for Peace UK on 3 November 2014.
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 new 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? 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.
Sign the petition to raise the age of recruitment in 2014
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
FOUR out of five of Scotland's state secondary schools had visits by the Armed Forces within a two year period, sparking claims they were related to recruitment.
A new report published today shows that the armed forces visited four fifths (83%) of state secondary schools within a two year period, between 2010-2012. The report argues that the purpose of many of the visits is related to recruitment into the armed forces.
MoD says cadet forces will keep their funding after warnings reforms would seen dozens of units close.
Did you know that the UK armed forces recruit 16-year-olds? Owen Everett from ForcesWatch explores the UK military’s wide influence in the education system and the concerns that arise from this.
More than 80 schools, colleges and universities have pledged public support for the armed forces Reserves, by implementing a special HR policy for members of staff who are in the Reserves. You can view the list here.
Cymerodd Forces Watch ran mewn trafodaeth ddydd Sul ar raglen Atebion Radio Cymru. Y thema oedd 'Rhyfel', ond tra bod 4 milwr wedi cyfrannu, dim ond 5 munud gafodd Forces Watch. Gan fod un o'r milwyr wedi gwneud ambell honniad reit gamarweiniol, dyma ni'n sgwenni ymateb atynt: (rholiwch at waelod y dudalen).
A report from the first international week of action for military-free education and research held in October 2014. Groups across the world took action to raise awareness, and challenge, the role the military has in education and research in educational institutions.