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

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. The UK is unique in Europe and unusual worldwide in allowing its armed forces to recruit from age 16 and the policy has been widely challenged. This briefing estimates the number of additional adult recruits that the army would have to enlist if it stopped recruiting minors.

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