Scuppering access to justice for women in the armed forces

The government is intent on sinking an important reform which would support women who have experienced sexual violence in the military.

Insights from the arms fair

DSEI shows the military, government and death merchants are as entangled as ever.

At particular risk: women and girls in the military

The Women in the Armed Forces report evidences abuse and harassment on a systemic scale. Can the gap between good intentions and bad practice ever be bridged in a military culture? As the army launches its recruitment advert aimed at women, what are the particular implications for girl recruits under 18. 

Checking in with the neocons

The recent visit to the US by the Secretary of State for Defence provided the opportunity for a speech to the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, laying out the UK's new strategy for defence and foreign policy.

War & memory

ForcesWatch podcast series 3

Series Three of the Warrior Nation podcast explores the role memory plays in the experience and remembrance of war. In each episode we will unpick the multifarious ways conflict is etched onto the collective and individual psyche, and the role played by the armed forces and government in the process.

A new film about recent militarism and the battle for the hearts and minds of young people in the UK. The film follows the stories of Ben Griffin, former SAS soldier and founder of Veterans for Peace UK, and Quaker activist Sam Walton, and features the work of ForcesWatch and partner organisations.

See here for screenings and how to organise one. See war.school.

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The Warrior Nation podcast

September 2021: Moral Injury & Trauma

In the fourth installment of our series on war and memory we speak with former British Army mental health clinician Christian Hughes on the traumatic impacts of conflict, and explore the relatively new acknowledgment of moral injury.

See details of all episodes.

Should the armed forces encourage young people to interact with weapons and military vehicles?  We explore why this is happening and how can it be challenged?

The Armed Forces Bill returns to the Lords this week, with amendments on reform of the service justice system a key part of the debate. Here we examine what this means for cases of sexual violence and unpack the Government's inaction on the issue.


As @SaluteHerUK show - time and again - only those who have experienced life as a female in the British armed forces can tell us what the issue are. No amount of MoD tweets or PR can prove otherwise.

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