Who recruits children and uses them for military purposes? Children are recruited by state armed forces as well as by armed groups outside government control. However, non-state armed groups (e.g. Al Qaeda, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)) are more likely than states to use children in armed conflict. The Secretary-General’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict includes details of both state and non-state armed forces which are using children in armed conflict, although the list is not comprehensive.