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24/03/2011 Defence Management

Teenage soldiers have been unfairly detained in military prisons due to a failure from the MoD to effectively implemenent discharge policies, the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers has said.

24/03/2011 Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

High drop-out rate of teenage soldiers hides unfair detention of some young recruits detained in military prisons for attempting to leave

10/03/2011 ForcesWatch press release

The report by the House of Commons Committee on the Armed Forces Bill has rejected proposals to raise the minimum age of recruitment to 18.  But ForcesWatch, an NGO that submitted evidence to the Committee, suggests that the wording of the report reveals a lack of clarity over the law in this area, even among MPs and senior military personnel.

27/02/2011 Telegraph

Military 'spirit' is to be encouraged in classrooms with the expansion of cadet forces in state schools.

19/02/2011 BBC online

boy soldier art workA three-dimensional art installation depicting child soldiers is being displayed outside the Houses of Parliament as part of a peace campaign.

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04/02/2011 Ekklesia

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.

19/01/2011 The Friend

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?


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.

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10/01/2011 ForcesWatch press release

Defence Secretary Liam Fox is being urged to uphold the right of armed forces personnel to be given a discharge if they develop a conscientious objection.

10/01/2011 Ekklesia

Children and young people's rights groups are calling for a change in the law to end the recruitment of 16 and 17-year-olds into the UK armed forces.