Armed Forces Day is a propaganda tool for arms firms and the military – and the public are footing the bill
29/06/2019Joe Glenton, The IndependentJoe Glenton in The Independent about the 10th year of Armed Forces Day, an annual day of 'family-fun' and celebration of militarism, with heavy costs to local councils and the involvement of some of the world's largest arms companies.
27/02/2019ForcesWatch press releaseA report published today (27 February 2019) critiques the armed forces’ marketing practice in selling their careers to vulnerable adolescents. This comes in the wake of the Army's controversial new 'Snowflake' recruiting campaign.
10/09/2018ICM survey was commissioned by campaigners against child soldiers
10/09/2018Recruitment drive focuses on teenagers seeking adrenaline, says Child Soldiers International
10/09/2018Defence groups sponsor lessons that promote building and sale of military hardware
10/09/2018Petition launched after members claim partnership with military runs counter to the Guides’ peace ethos
Parliamentary mental health inquiry shows youngest military recruits and those from disadvantaged backgrounds face greater mental health risks than others in the forces
24/07/2018The Defence Select Committee recommended that the Ministry of Defence ‘conducts or commissions further research into female personnel, early Service leavers and recruits under 18 to determine the extent to which they are at higher risk of developing mental health conditions.’
ForcesWatch press release
25/06/2018ForcesWatch press releaseA new report by a leading defence academic reveals how a 'militarisation offensive' – which began in 2006 to create support for the Afghan war - has increased the military's influence on British politics and society. (2)
09/06/2018The army has been accused of manipulating teenage soldiers by spoonfeeding them identikit quotes to be used in local and regional newspaper articles extolling life in the military.
09/06/2018Drive to fast-track late joiners at AFC Harrogate led to issues including skewing staff/student ratios in dangerous activities.