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Army to increase security at London 2012 Olympics
Up to 6,000 troops could be drafted in as security guards at the 2012 Olympics in London, as officials reassess the manpower needed to cover next year's Games, it has emerged.
Poppy chatter is a distraction from remembrance of the living
Whatever one's stance on poppy-wearing, let us also not forget the ex-servicemen who survive – but only just
Surface-to-air missiles for Olympics
Surface-to-air missiles could be used to protect the skies over London during the Olympics, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said today as he insisted "all necessary measures" will be taken to ensure security.
How soldiers deal with the job of killing
"We talk about destroying, engaging, dropping, bagging - you don't hear the word killing”. This article explores the effect of killing on people in the military, how many are unable to kill and others live with the effects of having killed for the rest of their lives. Also see The Kill Factor radio broadcasts.
St Pauls poppy installation remembers child soldiers
High drop out rate and imprisonment of teenage soldiers calls MoD policy into question
High drop-out rate of teenage soldiers hides unfair detention of some young recruits detained in military prisons for attempting to leave
MPs criticise Ministry of Defence for continuing to send children to war
The MoD is criticised for lowering standards since WW1 and despite thousands of planned redundancies, it still recruiting children at twice the cost of adults.
I wept as I comforted our soldiers maimed in Iraq’: How could I tell them Blair’s ‘just war’ was an illusion?
"We can best pay tribute to their sacrifices by ensuring that in the future no British sailor, soldier, Marine or airman is asked to lay down their life except for the most urgent and honourable of causes."
UK sent ‘children’ to Iraq and Afghanistan despite Government ban
The children were sent to 'operational theatres' between April 2008 and March 2010. Campaigners against use of child soldiers demand ministers end 'outdated practice'.
Imprisoned Navy conscientious objector to appeal conviction in High Court
ForcesWatch press release
Navy medic Michael Lyons, a conscientious objector convicted of disobedience, who was detained in July, stripped of his rank and dismissed from the service, will be at the High Court 13 October to appeal his conviction. A recent European ruling recognises conscientious objection for first time as human right.