News & articles

30/06/2015 The Independent

The freelance journalist Lee Williams gives an overview of the UK military's youth engagement, and presents a strong ethical case for why the armed forces should stop recruiting children.

21/06/2015 The Guardian

Former professionals condemn recruitment of teenagers by ‘pushing the notion of a noble military career to children’.

19/06/2015 The Daily Wales

The Welsh Government has been told to review of the way the British Armed Forces are allowed to recruit in Welsh schools.

10/06/2015 Army

In addition to placing a soldier on each school coach visiting the First World War battlefields (as part of the government’s flagship  Centenary initiative to have at least two students from every school in the country visit them), the Army have launched their own First World War teaching resources for schools, and are offering to send soldiers to schools to ‘support teaching activities’. 

10/06/2015 various

Despite developments in character education that suggest there is no need for military ethos initiatives, and further questions around the rigour of evaluations supposedly justifying further funding of military ethos schemes, several such schemes have recently received funding...

06/06/2015 Schools Week ; The Daily Mail

'The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been blocked from obtaining highly sensitive personal data about school and college students, which had ostensibly been sought in order to help “target its messaging” around military careers...'

02/06/2015 Open Democracy

Europe's largest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, has applied to sponsor the failing Furness Academy. The reason is profit.

06/05/2015 Stuart Platt

Videos from 6 May 'Challenging the Militarisation of Youth in Scotland' event, featuring Owen Everett, ForcesWatch Education Worker, speaking on armed forces visits to schools in Scotland; Ben Griffin from Veterans for Peace UK on recruitment and the militarisation of youth; and Lesley Orr from Glasgow University on the centenary of the women's peace conference at The Hague.

06/05/2015 newsletter.co.uk; yorkpress.co.uk; raf.mod.uk; mumsnet.com; leaveners.org

Several recent armed forces recruitment and promotion events have raised concerns about the way that the armed forces are presented to young people, such as the Army's "big boys' toy show".

01/05/2015 Veterans for Peace UK

'on Saturday 25th April I took myself off to the Armed Forces trades fair (Recruitment Day) in Belfast, to engage with serving personnel and the families of potential recruits. I decided that as well as quizzing the camouflaged salesmen, I would also approach the Mums and Dads with a view to informing them of the less appealing side of life as an Army recruit...'

Having been profoundly disturbed by recent figures suggesting that 1 in 10 prisoners in the UK prison system is an ex-soldier, disturbed by the amount of homeless people that come from an ex-service background and disturbed by how many of our ex-service men and women are cast adrift suffering post-traumatic stress after they leave the military, I was keen to see what mechanisms the Armed Forces had in place to remedy these issues. So, on Saturday 25th April I took myself off to the Armed Forces trades fair (Recruitment Day) in Belfast, to engage with serving personnel and the families of potential recruits. I decided that as well as quizzing the camouflaged salesmen, I would also approach the Mums and Dads with a view to informing them of the less appealing side of life as an Army recruit