Military recruitment & service

We look at the following issues:

  • Young people are not adequately supported to make an informed choice about enlistment, and a sanitised or glamourised view of military life and warfare is promoted.
  • The armed forces target recruitment activities at children, and are involved in education and youth organisations.
  • Military environments are not suited to recruits under the age of 18, and the armed forces do not accept full duty of care obligations.
  • Problems such as bullying and harassment are common in the armed forces.
  • Armed forces personnel are subject to unduly restrictive terms and conditions of service.
  • Too little recognition is given to the moral impact of military service and subsequent mental health problems.

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