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01/05/2015 Quakers in Britain

'My daughter attends a local state school. We were notified that a retired military officer would be in attendance at the school. The purpose of his visit was to put the children through military drills, the like of which would have been seen during the war and are probably still practised. Although I could accept my daughter watching this for educational purposes, to partake in a military drill I felt as a Quaker and parent was one step too far...'

02/04/2015 Army, Navy, and RAF

All three of the UK armed forces offer sponsorship to students in the sixth form or equivalent, in return for a minimum of . The Army have recently reformed their 'Sixth Form Scholarship Scheme'. It is now called the 'Army Officer Scholarship Scheme', and the updated overview document notes two major changes. Firstly, from 2015, the scheme 'will automatically include a provisional award of an Army Undergraduate bursary, so you won't have to apply for it separately.'...

31/03/2015 RT

Experts warn the “floodgates” of post-traumatic stress are about to open, as a top armed forces charity claims mental health issues among military personnel have risen 26 percent over the last year.

mental health, risks, veterans
23/03/2015 mumsnet

'the thought of my DS [darling son] joining the army when there is so much conflict going on horrifies me. I know there is danger in any job (especially the police force) but the army is another ball game. He can't possibly understand the reality of what he would be signing up for...'

03/03/2015 ForcesWatch / Quakers in Britain press release

The Government's material for schools about the armed forces has been criticised today by the human rights group ForcesWatch and Quakers in Britain.

03/03/2015 The Independent

"Militarism has no place in classrooms. This resource is ideologically driven and should be withdrawn."

The Government has been accused of helping indoctrinate children with pro-military values through a new schools pack aimed at promoting the armed forces.

25/02/2015 Times Education Supplement; UK Government; Academies Week

The Troops to Teachers scheme is being extended until the end of the 2016-2017 academic year, despite the fact that only 41 veterans started in the first cohort in January 2014, and only 54 in the second cohort in September 2014. The move has been criticised by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers...

25/02/2015 Central England Quakers; Peace Education Network

The interactive theatre production, 'Over The Top', created by and featuring the experienced writers and performers of issue-based theatre Lynn and David Morris, which looks at the opposing views of a pro-military head teacher and a peace activist parent regarding the military's influence in the school, is to be performed in London on 24 March 2015.

25/02/2015 Cardiff United Nations Association; Cardiff News Plus; Made in Cardiff TV

On Red Hand Day (the annual international day of campaigning against the use of child soldiers), 12 February, 2015, a well-attended event at Cardiff's Temple of Peace called for an end to military presence and influence in schools and colleges in Wales. Featuring speakers from ForcesWatch and Fellowship of Reconciliation Wales, the event explored the nature of armed forces visits to schools and colleges in Wales, as well as the military's 'engagement' with young people in Wales more broadly...

25/02/2015 Young Quakers in Canada

'Youth in Canada - particularly young people of faith - are increasingly concerned about militarism in our society; and how this affects them...'