Is it Counter productive to Enlist Minors into the Army?

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December 2016 - Analysing the UK’s enlistment age and problems both at home and abroad Read more

Briefing for the Labour Party International Policy Commission

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June 2016 - Britain's Defence and Security Priorities Read more

The British armed forces: Why raising the recruitment age would benefit everyone

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May 2016 - This briefing outlines the ethical, financial and practical case for raising the minimum age for enlistment to 18. Read more

Open letter to the Ministry of Defence from children's rights organisations

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May 2016 - We write to ask for an end to the enlistment of children by the British armed forces. Read more

Soldiers at 16: Sifting fact from fiction

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March 2016 - Fewer than 20 countries worldwide still allow their armed forces to recruit young people from age 16. The UK is among them; it is the only major military power and the only European state to recruit from such a young age. Read more

The British army: Estimated recruitment requirement of an all-adult force

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February 2016 - The British armed forces recruit around 2,000 minors (aged 16 or 17) each year, of which more than 80 per cent join the army. Read more

UK Army Recruiting Group-Eligibility Quick Reference Guide

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June 2015 - This document from the army is currently in use (as of May 2015). Read more

Letter from UK Minister of Defence regarding deployment of under-18s on combat operations

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April 2015 - This letter from the UK Minister of State for the Armed Forces is about the number of minors deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003. Read more