Scotland’s largest teachers’ union said “disproportionate numbers of visits” to schools in areas of deprivation could raise concerns “over the motivation behind such a concerted PR drive”.
A report by pressure group Forces Watch and the EIS and based on figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act from the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force showed the military visited state secondary schools in Scotland an average of twice each year.
Visits were concentrated in the east of Scotland and the central belt. It said 31 schools in these areas were visited over 10 times during the period and six over 20 times.
The MoD said it would be “wrong and misleading” to claim the Armed Forces recruit in schools.
Earlier this year The Herald revealed how state school pupils in the most affluent areas are more likely to be visited by the armed forces than those in the poorest, new research has found.
The new report analyses the type of activities the Armed Forces provide in schools, with over one third of visits about promoting a career in the military.