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

The British Armed Forces

February 2019

The British armed forces recruit around 2,000 16 and 17 year olds each year, of which approximately 80 per cent enlist in the army,1 particularly for the infantry where they are over-represented. This briefing outlines the ethical, financial and practical case for raising the minimum age for enlistment to 18.

Download this parliamentary briefing here.