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Recent news & articles

09/09/2018 The Guardian Recruitment drive focuses on teenagers seeking adrenaline, says Child Soldiers International
08/09/2018 The Observer Petition launched after members claim partnership with military runs counter to the Guides’ peace ethos
01/09/2018 The Observer Defence groups sponsor lessons that promote building and sale of military hardware
29/07/2018 The Guardian ICM survey was commissioned by campaigners against child soldiers
25/07/2018 ForcesWatch press release The 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.’
25/06/2018 A new report by a leading defence academic reveals how a 'militarisation offensive' – which began in 2006 to create support for the Afghan war - has increased the military's influence on British politics and society. (2)

latest resources

updated October 2018

We have been working with the Peace Pledge Union to produce this White Poppy Remembrance Pack, which aims to explore Remembrance in a way that encourages critical thinking, and gives space for marginalised perspectives on war and peace.

The learning resource can be read online here, or purchased from the Peace Pledge Union as a bigger pack including white poppies and white poppy leaflets.

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September 2018

This briefing summarises key elements of military involvement in education and youth activities in the UK.

It covers the defence industry as well as the armed forces and Ministry of Defence.

It outlines the main concerns this raises and how these concerns have been voiced so far.

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August 2018

These presentations were recorded at the launch of the report Warrior Nation: war, militarisation and British democracy by Paul Dixon (published by ForcesWatch) on 25 June 2018 in London:  

  • Warrior Nation: war, militarisation and British democracy, by Professor Paul Dixon   
  • Military Britain by Professor Joanna Bourke
  • Militarism in public life in the UK, Emma Sangster, Coordinator of ForcesWatch

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July 2018

The nationwide survey found 72% of people who expressed a view believed young people should not be able to join the army until they are 18.

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July 2018

This poster on Everyday Militarism (designed by Abbey Thornton and produced by Quakers in Britain) features many aspects of current militarism in the UK. It is a great way to spark off conversation about the roots of war and the kind of society we need to build peace. Available as a download, or to order and there is also an interactive version. It comes with discussion notes.

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updated 2018

Militarism has existed in the Britain for a long time, but there is a new tide of militarisation that has developed over the last five years. This briefing from the Quakers (updated in 2018) examines government reports, and explores the government strategy to increase public support for the military, and the concerns this raises.

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This report explores how the 'Militarisation Offensive' which started in 2006 to improve public recognition and support for the armed forces.failed to produce majority support for the war in Afghanistan but deepened the militarisation of British politics and society. Since 2006 the military have broken constitutional convention and made public attacks on politicians, leading to the most severe tensions in political-military relations since the Second World War.

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April 2018

This submission made by ForcesWatch and Quakers in Scotland to the Scottish Parliament's human rights inquiry details our concerns around the need for regulation and transparent accountability of military activities in schools, the lack of education about peace and human rights, and the continued recruitment of children into the UK armed forces.

We refer to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, recommendations made by the Committee on the Rights of the Child for change in the UK's policy and practice, and support for our concerns by child rights organisations. We make a number of recommendations regarding how the Scottich Parliament can more vigorously support childrens rights in Scotland.

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