Is it Counterproductive to Enlist Minors into the Army?

This article, published in the Royal United Service Institute Journal at the end of 2016, argues that raising the UK enlistment age from 16 to 18 would bring benefits to young people and the British armed forces. The article explains that the UK’s low enlistment age is counterproductive internationally, as it implies to other countries that it is acceptable to use children under the age of 18 to staff national armed forces.

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This is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the RUSI Journal on 21 December 2016: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03071847.2016.1265837.