12/10/2018With recent announcements about cadets in schools and Cyber Cadets, we critique government commissioned research and political thinking that could lead to a far wider introduction of cadets and the harnessing of young people into 'tackling security threats'.
28/09/2018The BBC drama Bodyguard misrepresents the actions and concerns of veterans working for peace.
10/09/2018ICM survey was commissioned by campaigners against child soldiers
10/09/2018Recruitment drive focuses on teenagers seeking adrenaline, says Child Soldiers International
10/09/2018Defence groups sponsor lessons that promote building and sale of military hardware
10/09/2018Petition launched after members claim partnership with military runs counter to the Guides’ peace ethos
24/07/2018Last week the Coroner at Working Coroner’s Court delivered the findings into the circumstances of Sean Benton’s death at Deepcut Barracks in June 1995. Sean was the first of four soldiers to die there between 1995 and 2002. ForcesWatch have been monitoring the inquest; this article shares our records from the inquest and notes on the final findings.Download the full notes
Parliamentary mental health inquiry shows youngest military recruits and those from disadvantaged backgrounds face greater mental health risks than others in the forces
24/07/2018The Defence Select Committee recommended that the Ministry of Defence ‘conducts or commissions further research into female personnel, early Service leavers and recruits under 18 to determine the extent to which they are at higher risk of developing mental health conditions.’
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18/07/2018Today is a significant day in the Deepcut tragedy. We explore some of the problems that allowed the toxic environment of Deepcut to develop and continue to persist today and why raising the age of recruitment would provide a significant part of the solution.