News & articles

06/06/2015 Schools Week ; The Daily Mail

'The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been blocked from obtaining highly sensitive personal data about school and college students, which had ostensibly been sought in order to help “target its messaging” around military careers...'

02/06/2015 Open Democracy

Europe's largest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, has applied to sponsor the failing Furness Academy. The reason is profit.

06/05/2015 Stuart Platt

Videos from 6 May 'Challenging the Militarisation of Youth in Scotland' event, featuring Owen Everett, ForcesWatch Education Worker, speaking on armed forces visits to schools in Scotland; Ben Griffin from Veterans for Peace UK on recruitment and the militarisation of youth; and Lesley Orr from Glasgow University on the centenary of the women's peace conference at The Hague.

06/05/2015 newsletter.co.uk; yorkpress.co.uk; raf.mod.uk; mumsnet.com; leaveners.org

Several recent armed forces recruitment and promotion events have raised concerns about the way that the armed forces are presented to young people, such as the Army's "big boys' toy show".

01/05/2015 Veterans for Peace UK

'on Saturday 25th April I took myself off to the Armed Forces trades fair (Recruitment Day) in Belfast, to engage with serving personnel and the families of potential recruits. I decided that as well as quizzing the camouflaged salesmen, I would also approach the Mums and Dads with a view to informing them of the less appealing side of life as an Army recruit...'

Having been profoundly disturbed by recent figures suggesting that 1 in 10 prisoners in the UK prison system is an ex-soldier, disturbed by the amount of homeless people that come from an ex-service background and disturbed by how many of our ex-service men and women are cast adrift suffering post-traumatic stress after they leave the military, I was keen to see what mechanisms the Armed Forces had in place to remedy these issues. So, on Saturday 25th April I took myself off to the Armed Forces trades fair (Recruitment Day) in Belfast, to engage with serving personnel and the families of potential recruits. I decided that as well as quizzing the camouflaged salesmen, I would also approach the Mums and Dads with a view to informing them of the less appealing side of life as an Army recruit
01/05/2015 Quakers in Britain

'My daughter attends a local state school. We were notified that a retired military officer would be in attendance at the school. The purpose of his visit was to put the children through military drills, the like of which would have been seen during the war and are probably still practised. Although I could accept my daughter watching this for educational purposes, to partake in a military drill I felt as a Quaker and parent was one step too far...'

02/04/2015 Army, Navy, and RAF

All three of the UK armed forces offer sponsorship to students in the sixth form or equivalent, in return for a minimum of . The Army have recently reformed their 'Sixth Form Scholarship Scheme'. It is now called the 'Army Officer Scholarship Scheme', and the updated overview document notes two major changes. Firstly, from 2015, the scheme 'will automatically include a provisional award of an Army Undergraduate bursary, so you won't have to apply for it separately.'...

31/03/2015 RT

Experts warn the “floodgates” of post-traumatic stress are about to open, as a top armed forces charity claims mental health issues among military personnel have risen 26 percent over the last year.

mental health, risks, veterans
23/03/2015 mumsnet

'the thought of my DS [darling son] joining the army when there is so much conflict going on horrifies me. I know there is danger in any job (especially the police force) but the army is another ball game. He can't possibly understand the reality of what he would be signing up for...'

03/03/2015 ForcesWatch / Quakers in Britain press release

The Government's material for schools about the armed forces has been criticised today by the human rights group ForcesWatch and Quakers in Britain.