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Stop recruiting children, rights groups tell MoD
23/06/2021Twenty major children’s and human rights organisations have written to the UK government today, calling for an end to the recruitment of children by the UK armed forces.
More military ethos in schools
18/10/2019Schools WeekSchools Week report on the government's continuing attempts to instill more military ethos in schools.
Scottish Government ignores child rights concerns around armed forces activities in schools
06/09/2019Quakers in Scotland and ForcesWatch are disappointed that the Public Petitions Committee of the Scottish Parliament have decided to close further investigation of how to implement their own recommendations around oversight of armed forces activities in schools.
British army targets youngest and poorest for riskiest roles
22/08/2019CRIN press releaseA new report from the Child Rights International Network shows that the British army is intentionally targeting young people from deprived backgrounds for the roles carrying the greatest risks in war.
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.
New report calls for regulation of military marketing that targets young people
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.
Adverse health effects of recruiting child soldiers
27/02/2019BMJ Paediatrics Open
This editorial in BMJ Paediatrics Open (2019, vol 3, issue 1) discusses the issues raised in the Medact report, The recruitment of children by the UK Armed Forces: a critique from health professionals, which brought together evidence highlighting the increased risk of death and injury for those recruited under the age of 18. The authors, Reem Abu-Hayyeh and Guddi Singh, contributed to the content and launch of the report Selling the military: A critical analysis of contemporary recruitment marketing in the UK by ForcesWatch and Medact.
UK army minimum recruitment age should be raised to 18 – survey
10/09/2018ICM survey was commissioned by campaigners against child soldiers
British army ‘explicitly targeting’ working-class recruits, say critics
10/09/2018Recruitment drive focuses on teenagers seeking adrenaline, says Child Soldiers International
Arms industry spends millions to promote brands in schools
10/09/2018Defence groups sponsor lessons that promote building and sale of military hardware