more news on recruitment practices

British Army targets working class kids

10/07/2017

The Guardian and The Independent

The Army's latest recruitment campaign focuses on low income families from cities with high deprivation levels.

As A Teenage Soldier I Was Numb, Focused On War And Ready To Kill The Enemy

13/06/2017

Huffington Post

"Joining at 16 is massively psychologically damaging and issues of PTSD, suicide and depression are major issues for veterans, and more so for teenage recruits. I think it is hugely important the recruitment age is raised. I now work with Veterans for Peace as a volunteer educating young people on the realities of war and support advocacy group Child Soldiers International, who recently launched its Declare18! campaign, to get governments to raise the age to 18."  By Wayne Sharrocks, former British Army officer

This is Belonging

23/01/2017

Bella Caledonia

The new British Army advert is astonishing. Organised violence as antidote to anomie.

The militarisation of schools

23/01/2017

The Independent

The UK is one of few countries that allow minors to enlist. Despite calls to cease the recruitment of under-18s the Army is digging in to hold its ground.

Army defies child rights campaigners, intensifies intake of 16-year-olds for riskiest roles

24/11/2016

Child Soldiers International press release

Figures released today reveal that the British Army has increased its intake of 16-year-olds in the past 12 months, defying calls from the UN, children’s rights organisations and others campaigning for an end to the recruitment of minors.

Ask your MP and MSP to sign these parliamentary motions

23/11/2016

Ask your MP to sign an Early Day Motion on The Recruitment of Minors into the UK Armed Forces. If you are in Scotland, ask your MSP to sign a similar motion on the Medact Report on British Armed Forces Recruitment.

Parliament considers military visits to schools petition

23/11/2016

ForcesWatch press release

MSPs will consider what further action to take on a petition from ForcesWatch and Quakers in Scotland calling for increased transparency and scrutiny of armed forces visits to schools this Thursday (24 November).

More media coverage of our petition to the Scottish Parliament

22/11/2016

various

Coverage highlights the Scottish Children's Commissioner concerns about the age of recruitment and armed forces visits to schools, and the motion in the Scottish Parliament about the vulnerabilities of young recruits, as discussed in the recent Medact report.

Under-18s in army 'face greater injury, death and mental health risks'

18/10/2016

Guardian

Recruiting children aged 16 and 17 into the British army places them at greater risk of death, injury and long-term mental health problems than those recruited as adults, according to a new report.

Media coverage of our petition to the Scottish Parliament

16/09/2016

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On Thursday 15 September, ForcesWatch and Quakers in Scotland went to the Scottish Parliament to give evidence to the Public Petitions Committee about armed forces visits to schools.

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