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Recruitment of children to the military in Welsh schools


new report by Cymdeithas y Cymod, ForcesWatch and the Peace Pledge Union examines the issue of military recruitment in schools in Wales  an issue steeped in controversy and on which the Welsh government made a series of commitments in a report published in June 2015following a public petition submitted in 2012. Since then, little tangible progress has been made against those commitments, yet military recruitment visits to Welsh schools have continued undiminished. 

Webinar: Mobilising the crisis: Covid-19 and the UK military


This webinar was recorded on 10 June 2020.

Leading critical military studies academics discuss the role and operation of the UK military in the COVID-19 crisis and, in the light of the #BlackLivesMatter protests, how militarism intersects with racism and public control at home and abroad.

Planning Remembrance Day events in your school


This guidance is based on five-years of research carried out by Oxford Brookes University and Brunel University London. It looks at how school leaders can approach discussing ethical themes related to conflict.

Conscription by poverty? Deprivation and army recruitment in the UK


This report from the Child Rights International Network, Conscription by poverty? Deprivation and army recruitment in the UK, states that the UK is the only country in Europe to recruit from age 16 and more soldiers are recruited at 16 than any other age.

Model motion on military and defence industry influence in education


For discussion in union or party branches and councils etc. The motion calls for oversight and regulation of military activities in schools, including for careers and curriculum purposes, and for military-themed activities or perspectives to be balanced by activities focusing on peace and human rights. It also calls for activities run by arms companies in schools to cease.

Selling the military: A critical analysis of contemporary recruitment marketing in the UK


This report, written by ForcesWatch and published with the public health charity Medact,  analyses the way the armed forces market their careers to adolescents and young people, creating powerful messages that which exploit developmental vulnerabilities and social inequality, risking the health and well-being of recruits. Narratives of camaraderie and self-development also serve to promote an uncontroversial and depoliticised idea of the military more widely which promote self-fulfilment in the context of conflict.

White Poppies for Schools


We have teamed up with the Peace Pledge Union to produce a White Poppy Schools Pack, which aims to explore Remembrance in a way that encourages critical thinking, and gives space for marginalised perspectives on war and peace.

The learning resource can be read online here, or purchased from the Peace Pledge Union as a bigger pack including white poppies and white poppy leaflets.

Everyday Militarism poster


This poster on Everyday Militarism (designed by Abbey Thornton and produced by Quakers in Britain) features many aspects of current militarism in the UK. It is a great way to spark off conversation about the roots of war and the kind of society we need to build peace. Available as a download, or to order and there is also an interactive version. It comes with discussion notes. See the poster and related resources

The Troubles so-called: Britain’s War in Ireland


A picture of MPs sitting in the Houses of Parliement where they are currently debating legislation on The Troubles.

A retrospective on our Warrior Nation mini-series platforming voices whose lives and work have been shaped by the war in the North of Ireland.

The Troubles, so called: Britain’s war in Ireland (EP1)


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The Troubles, so called, Episode 1
September 13, 2023

What the arms fair tells us about new militarism


As the world’s largest arms fair takes place in London we look at what it says about the direction of defence and its relationship with civil society.

Responding to military engagement in schools


This booklet produced by Quakers in Britain in 2022 asks how can schools meet their responsibility for the best interests of children and young people when engaging with the armed forces and weapons industry?

It provides information, resources and ideas for countering military influence in schools.

Armed Forces Day 2023: militarism comes to Cornwall

This year the national Armed Forces Day event is being held in Falmouth, Cornwall. Many other events are being held around the country. We outline our concerns, including how the event is marketed, its promotion to young people and schools, and the inclusion of recruitment activities that allow young children to handle weapons.

Erasing accountability during The Troubles


A picture of MPs sitting in the Houses of Parliement where they are currently debating legislation on The Troubles.

Legislation that seeks to shield the British state from actions it took during The Troubles is currently snaking through Parliament. We took a look at the ideology underpinning it – and what it means for families still seeking justice.

Rogue heroes?


A counter-history of the SAS

Mutual militarisation: the budget and NATO spending


Mutual militarisation. Chancellor holding his red case. Increased defence spending promises in the 2023 Spring Budget.

Following the £11bn commitment to military spending in the Spring Budget, we asked Campaign Against Arms Trade’s Sam Perlo-Freeman for his take on the mutual militarisation fuelled by Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.

Warrior Nation: The War Racket: reflections & predictions


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March 30, 2023 SEASON 4 EPISODE 10

Warrior Nation: War & police: linking the cops & the military

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March 15, 2023 SEASON 4 EPISODE 9

Warrior Nation: A material world: think-tank funding and defending the status quo

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March 02, 2023 SEASON 4 EPISODE 8

The War Racket: Reflections & Predictions (video)


This video version of Warrior Nation SE4 EP10 – with Prof. Paul Rogers – is also available as an audio podcast.

Unpicking British Army recruitment adverts


Screenshot of British Army recruitment advert The Flood.

The latest British Army recruitment advert received widespread critique for innaccurate depictions of the military’s role in domestic floods. We took a look at the advert and its place in the recruitment landscape.

Warrior Nation: Everything looks like a nail: why the military can’t save the planet


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February 10, 2023 SEASON 4 EPISODE 7

Our host, Joe Glenton, talks to Nick Buxton from the Transnational Institute about the intersection between climate change, the military and security.

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