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Open letter to the Ministry of Defence on armed forces recruitment ages
November 2013

Open letter to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) calling for an end to the recruitment of under-18s.  Signatories include the Church of Scotland and the Bishops of the Church in Wales, as well as the Unitarian Church, Quakers in Britain, Catholic, Baptist, and Methodist groups. They call on the MoD to raise the recruitment age as a “fitting memorial” to the thousands of young soldiers killed in World War One.

The letter has been made public on the same day that Child Soldiers International released new analysis of MoD figures which demonstrates plummeting enlistment levels among 16-year-olds and rising drop-out rates from training.

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