News & articles

06/01/2016 Hansard

The MoD recently acknowledged that the RAF's Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) road show in schools - run in partnership with the weapons company BAE Systems - is 'recruitment'.

06/01/2016 3thehardwaypoets.wordpress.com

Video of the poet Lydia Towsey performing her new spoken-word poem, 'Daisy', which criticises the UK military's influence in schools.

06/01/2016 The Star; The Express

Personnel from the Army recently visited a school as part of a 'British Values Day'; concerns have recently been raised both about armed forces school visits and compulsory 'British Values' education.

22/12/2015 The Guardian

Britain is the only country in Europe to recruit 16-year-olds into its armed forces. The cynical targeting of underprivileged youngsters must end

16/12/2015 ForcesWatch press release

Ahead of the House of Commons debate on the Armed Forces Bill on Wednesday 16 December, ForcesWatch has published a new report calling for a change in the law ending military recruitment under 18 years of age.

16/12/2015 The Guardian

ForcesWatch report calls on UK military to stop recruiting minors altogether, as armed forces bill due for third reading

09/12/2015 various

Documentation of recent  Veterans for Peace UK events, especially four members yesterday discarding their war medals outside Downing Street yesterday in a powerful protest agains the UK bombing of Syria.

08/12/2015

The Army has failed to attract enough young recruits in 9 of the last 10 years, and is looking to change this by emphasising the Army's non-combat work. ForcesWatch are concerned this could lead to the further overlooking of the fact that combat is the raison d'être of the armed forces.

08/12/2015 Citizenship Foundation, The Independent, BBC

The Citizenship Foundation has questioned the obligation on schools to teach 'British values'. This comes at a time when evidence has emerged that Muslim students are afraid to question the government or the media in school for fear of being labelled extremists.

23/11/2015

Two recent examples of armed forces visits to primary schools; are such visits appropriate?