Submission to the Human Rights and the Scottish Parliament inquiry

April 2018
This submission made by ForcesWatch and Quakers in Scotland to the Scottish Parliament's human rights inquiry details our concerns around the need for regulation and transparent accountability of military activities in schools, the lack of education about peace and human rights, and the continued recruitment of children into the UK armed forces.

Evidence submitted to the Armed Forces and Veterans Mental Health Inquiry

March 2018
Written evidence submitted by ForcesWatch to the Defence Committee's Armed Forces and Veterans Mental Health Inquiry.

Evidence submitted to the Alternative Provision Inquiry

February 2018
This submission briefly outlines 'alternative provision with a military ethos' and details a number of concerns - relative effectiveness, targeting disadvantage, lack of consultation and lack of scrutiny.

Taking action on militarism films

November 2017
Featured Video Play IconTwo short films from the Take Action on Militarism event.

Rethinking security

November 2017
Featured Video Play IconTwo resources outlining the aims behind the Rethinking Security project. Also see the Rethinking Security report and website

Take Action on Militarism: website and resource pack

October 2017
ForcesWatch have teamed up with Quaker Peace & Social Witness to produce a resource pack to help people take action on militarism in their communities. And there is a website to go with it where you can download the pack or order a hard copy, find links to more resources etc. 

Armed forces visits to schools in Scotland: An update for 2016-2017

November 2017
This ForcesWatch briefing analyses data on armed forces visits to schools in Scotland for 2016-17.

The First Ambush: Effects of army training and employment

June 2017
This report from Veterans For Peace UK details how the Army's training process has a forceful impact on attitudes, health, and behaviour even before recruits are sent to war. The findings show that military training and culture combine with pre-existing issues (such as a childhood history of anti-social behaviour) to increase the risk of violence and alcohol misuse. Traumatic war experiences further exacerbate the problem.

Soldiers at 16 – The other side of the story

January 2017
Featured Video Play IconArmy adverts don't tell you what being a soldier is really like. 

Should the military be promoted in schools?

updated 2017
The armed forces have a growing involvement in secondary schools, colleges and even primary schools. While the Army, Navy and RAF have long run activities in schools as part of the Ministry of Defence's Youth Engagement programme, the Department for Education promotes 'military ethos' within education, and parts of the armed forces, along with the arms industry, are developing their involvement with curriculum provision and sponsorship of education institutions. This A4 leaflet (updated 2017) outlines the issue and what the concerns are.This A4 leaflet (updated 2017) outlines the issue and what the concerns are.

Does the military give young people a ‘leg up’? The armed forces and social mobility

May 2017

This briefing explores if these claims about social mobility stand up to scrutiny or whether enlisting in the armed forces can have a negative impact upon social mobility, particularly for very young recruits.

Answering difficult questions about militarism

February 2017
With the presence of the military in public spaces increasing and a high level of popularity for the armed forces, it is not always easy to respond to challenging questions that people pose in when faced with concerns expressed about militarism. In this briefing we explore some responses to questions about how much the armed forces should be involved in our everyday lives, how they relate to young people, and the effectiveness and consequences of military action.

Science for Society

January 2017
Science4Society Week is a collection of science education activities, co-ordinated by Scientists for Global Responsibility, and designed to inspire young people. It takes place in March each year.

Is it Counterproductive to Enlist Minors into the Army?

December 2016
This article, written by Child Soldiers International and published in the Royal United Service Institute Journal, argues that raising the UK enlistment age from 16 to 18 would bring benefits to young people and the British armed forces. The article explains that the UK’s low enlistment age is counterproductive internationally, as it implies to other countries that it is acceptable to use children under the age of 18 to staff national armed forces.  

Quakers in Britain

The Quakers work on peace education, as well as other peace issues - carrying it out in schools and promoting it as a necessary part of the curriculum.See here for current Quaker projects, peace education resources and their partner organisations.