British army recruiting child soldiers


This 2013 video says about itself:

Child soldiers in the British Army: one recruit’s story | Guardian Docs

Britain is one of just 19 countries that still recruit 16-year-olds to the armed forces. A new report claims that younger recruits are more likely to suffer from PTSD, alcohol problems and suicide than those who join as adults. This video tells the story of David Buck who joined the army at 17 but now feels he was conned by misleading recruitment marketing.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Army recruits increasingly made up of 16-year-olds

Saturday 26th November 2016

ARMY recruits are largely made up of 16-year-olds who are forced to serve 50 per cent longer than their adult counterparts, charity Child Soldiers International revealed yesterday.

The British Army enlisted 1,000 teenagers in the year lasting to the end of September compared to 870 during the previous 12 months.

Children account for the biggest group entering the army for the first time in four years while the intake of adults decreased.

Army policies state that it recruits kids to “mitigate” adult entry shortfalls particularly for the infantry, which has the highest fatality and injury rate of all branches.

Child Soldiers International spokesperson Rachel Taylor said “nobody could justify” this situation.

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