How do children become involved in military organisations? Children join armed forces and groups in different ways. Some are forcibly recruited – abducted, threatened or coerced into joining. Some are enticed to join with money, drugs, or in other ways. Many children also join of their own accord, often as a result of economic or social pressures. Some older children join armed forces to fight for a cause that they and/or their family support. Children are particularly vulnerable to recruitment if they are poor, separated from their families, displaced from their homes, living in a combat zone or have limited access to education.