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Armed forces visits to primary schools

In the last six weeks the armed forces have conducted at least two visits to primary schools. At one school, pupils 'got to dress up as soldiers and learn what life is like in the armed services.' At another, Navy personnel visited 'to tell pupils what it’s like to live and work on board a Royal Navy warship.' These pupils, too, were able to dress up in Navy uniform.

ForcesWatch would ask if such visits are appropriate, given the legal requirement for political balance in schools, and the great difficulty of conveying the risks, legal restrictions and ethical dilemmas faced by those in the armed forces to under-11s.

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