News & articles

16/12/2015 The Guardian

ForcesWatch report calls on UK military to stop recruiting minors altogether, as armed forces bill due for third reading

09/12/2015 various

Documentation of recent  Veterans for Peace UK events, especially four members yesterday discarding their war medals outside Downing Street yesterday in a powerful protest agains the UK bombing of Syria.

08/12/2015

The Army has failed to attract enough young recruits in 9 of the last 10 years, and is looking to change this by emphasising the Army's non-combat work. ForcesWatch are concerned this could lead to the further overlooking of the fact that combat is the raison d'être of the armed forces.

08/12/2015 Citizenship Foundation, The Independent, BBC

The Citizenship Foundation has questioned the obligation on schools to teach 'British values'. This comes at a time when evidence has emerged that Muslim students are afraid to question the government or the media in school for fear of being labelled extremists.

23/11/2015

Two recent examples of armed forces visits to primary schools; are such visits appropriate?

23/11/2015 The Telegraph, Independent School Parent, ForcesWatch

Two recent articles have championed the Combined Cadet Force. We note some concerns that they deny/overlook.

16/11/2015 Stroud Against The Cuts

Our Education Worker Owen spoke at an event in Stroud on the concerns raised by the military's growing influence in the education system, and gave a short video interview, talking about our work.

09/11/2015 The Guardian

Concern over No 10’s ‘military ethos in schools’ initiative is prompting charities to press the government over its commitment to the UN children’s treaty

07/11/2015

London's first Military Preparation College - the UK's 18th - has been set up. ForcesWatch have a few concerns.

04/11/2015 figures compiled by ForcesWatch, updated June 2016

Government figures indicate that, since the Military Ethos in schools projects were announced in 2012, over £38 million of new funding has been awarded to them. Most of this new funding comes from the Department for Education. A further £50 million was pledged by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the July 2015 budget for expanding cadet units in state schools to 2020.