Out of step, out of time: Recruitment of minors by the British armed forces

This report was submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in July 2015, as part of its examination of the UK’s compliance with its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict, by which the UK is bound.

The report shows why recruitment of children (aged under 18) by the British armed forces is out of compliance with the requirements of the Convention and the Optional Protocol. The report calls on the UK to raise the minimum enlistment age to 18.

Download this report here.