ForcesWatch events

'Selling the military'

A critical discussion on military marketing strategies

27 February 2019, 6:30-8:30, London

Join us for an evening of discussion and exploration of our new report Selling the military: A critical analysis of contemporary recruitment marketing. The report is a joint project between Medact and ForcesWatch that analyses the way the armed forces market their careers to adolescents and young people. See details and register for the event.

Take Action on Militarism gathering and launch of resource pack

Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW) and ForcesWatch have joined together to produced a resource pack and new website on taking action on militarism in the UK. It includes tips and ideas for action, background information and case studies. The launch event in October 2017 heard from some of the amazing local groups who are working to challenge militarism around the UK, and from leading academics, with training on media and social media.

book launch, performance & discussion

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

Film launch and public meeting, June 2014

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

Militarisation in everyday life in the UK
An event in October 2013 which brought together academics, writers, activists and campaigners who are researching, writing, campaigning on the implications of militarisation of UK society. See more here including background reading and films of presentations.

ForcesWatch held a series of events with discussing the role of the armed forces in mainstream education. Not only do the armed forces visit thousands of schools each year but the military is becoming more integrated into Britain's education system with 'military ethos' presented as a solution to educational problems, See more here

ForcesWatch regularly speak at meetings and events, and run workshops - for young people in schools and elsewhere and for a general audience. Contact us if you would like us to participate in an event.