‘Boy soldiers’ artwork shown outside Parliament
A three-dimensional art installation depicting child soldiers is being displayed outside the Houses of Parliament as part of a peace campaign.
From hero to zero
Cadet forces to be expanded in state schools
Military 'spirit' is to be encouraged in classrooms with the expansion of cadet forces in state schools.
Armed Forces personnel to go into schools, Conservatives pledge
Service men and women will go into schools to mentor young tearaways, while troops will receive free teacher training and university tuition, the Conservatives will pledge.
One in 10 Army recruits ‘bullied and intimidated’
A decade after Deepcut, MoD reports reveal failure to tackle problem affecting hundreds of trainees.
Conscience and the military
Armed forces chaplains play a crucial role in providing pastoral support to people who face danger and death on a daily basis. But chaplains' independence is compromised by the fact that they are members of the forces themselves.
More than 17,000 episodes of troops going Awol since 2003
British soldiers have gone on the run from their posts on more than 17,000 occasions since the start of the Iraq war, The Independent can reveal.
Should the armed forces recruit 16-year-olds?
Rachel Taylor, from the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, argues that it is time for British armed forces to join the rest of NATO and stop recruiting people as young as 16.
The Armed Forces: time for change
The present recruitment age of sixteen is too young to enter full time military training. If you are not old enough to vote, buy a pint in a pub, to ride a motorbike or even to buy fireworks are you not also too young to join the army?
At least 1,000 UK soldiers desert
More than 1,000 members of the British military have deserted since the start of the Iraq war, the BBC has learned.