This ForcesWatch briefing is for parents, students and teachers concerned with military activities in their school.
ForcesWatch's submission to the Armed Forces Bill committee raising concerns relating to the human rights of service personnel with the Armed Forces Bill Committee and making a number of recommendations to bring the UK into line with current international standards and improve terms of service.
This briefing explains how the armed forces recognise the right of serving personnel to be discharged if they develop a conscientious objection but this right is not set out clearly in legislation, is not mentioned in the terms of service and many, perhaps most, forces personnel are unaware of it. The system for registering a conscientious objection is opaque and little information about it is easily available. A briefing outlining the issues and recommendations of how to make registering a conscientious objection accessible to armed forces personnel.