Is pushing the cadets really in pupils’ best interests?
Cadet units are not a social panacea but a recruitment tool. Our article, published in Schools Week, critiques the social impact report being used by the MoD to validate the expansion of cadets in state schools.
The Ministry of Defence has no place in our schools
Children don’t need militarism. They need a decent learning environment, writes Rhianna Louise. Our piece in The Morning Star about the latest announcement of more cadet units in schools and the problematic social impact report that has been published to support this.
Innovation not conformity
Dr Brian Belton and ForcesWatch
Dr Brian Belton, a leading international authority on youth work, gives his thoughts on the report: What is the social impact resulting from the expenditure on cadets? He argues that, 'the modern world does not require conformity, it demands innovation'.
Why We Must Take Children Out Of Military Environments
With former 17 former Army Foundation College Harrogate instructors facing court martial for mistreating recruits- including actual bodily harm and battery, we look at the evidence that military environment facilitate threats to child welfare. This article was first published on Huffington Post
Arms companies and immorality in education
As the largest arms fair in the world takes place in London, we explore how arms companies have become part of the education system in the UK, despite the concerns for human rights and corruption that surround the defence and security industry.
Make Art Not War… or both?
Poppy Kohner examines the Army@theFringe season at the Edinburgh Festival and asks what becomes censored when elite institutions take on the programming and hosting of the arts.
Army recruitment practices exploit and widen class divisions
New evidence confirms that the British Army recruitment marketing deliberately targets working-class young people.
Stripping the Civilian – how army training isolates, disorientates and dominates recruits
New findings highlight need to protect young people from harsh military training environments and inadequate safeguards in cadet forces.
Protesting Armed Forces Day in Liverpool
A tale of two cities: a personal reflection on the display of the UK's potential for armed violence on the streets of Liverpool alongside its more radical history. This article was originally published by Souciant Magazine.
Militarism the whole family can enjoy
Local authorities have become the military’s promotional agents and recruiting sergeants. This article was first published in The Morning Star.