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Scottish Parliament Petition

ForcesWatch and Quakers in Scotland submitted a petition to the Scottish Parliament to:

  • scrutinise armed forces visits to schools in Scotland
  • provide guidance on how such visits should be conducted
  • ensure that parents are always consulted.

The petition is now being heard by the Scottish Parliament. See more info.

Raising the age of recruitment

ForcesWatch are working with Child Soldiers International to raise the age of armed forces recruitment in the UK from 16 to 18 years. See our work on thie issue here.

Please help our campaign by:

Challenging the military in schools

ForcesWatch are challenging the military's involvement in UK schools and colleges and the promotion of 'military ethos' within national education policy by the Department for Education. Please help us by:


Edinburgh Peace and Justice are hosting a meeting of the Countering Militarisation of Young People Working Group on 12 December 2016, 6-8pm. Anyone interested in getting involved in countering military visits to schools and recruitment of under 18s is invited. See more

Share your news

Let us know of any activities you are working on or in your area about military activity in schools or challenging militarism. We can help spread the word.

Materials for use in schools

Take a look at education resources for materials for use in schools that look at things from a different perspective.

See also Quaker resources on peace education  and those provided by the Peace Education Network.

Ask your MP and MSP to sign

Ask your MP to sign an Early Day Motion on The Recruitment of Minors into the UK Armed Forces.

If you are in Scotland, ask your MSP to sign the motions on the Medact Report on British Armed Forces Recruitment and on the British Army's Increased Intake of 16-year-olds

See more info and sample letters to use here

Book: confronting a culture of militarism

At a comfortable distance from warfare, our culture easily passes over its horrific reality in favour of an appealing, even romantic, spectacle of war. Yet, over the last decade, most Britons have opposed Western military ventures abroad. This book takes a fresh look at a culture of militarism in Britain, public resistance to it, and the government's prodigious efforts to regain control of the story we tell ourselves about war.  See details & buy book

Watch our film on the miltary and young people

Why does the military have a 'youth engagement' policy and why is the government promoting 'military ethos' within education? What is the impact of military activities taking place in schools? This short film explores these questions and gives teenagers the opportunity to voice their reaction to the military’s interest in their lives.

See film and more info. With Welsh subtitles

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