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The Ministry of Defence has released figures showing that 1,790 minors were enlisted into the army in the financial year to March 2016, accounting for 22 per cent of the army’s total enlisted intake for the same period (8,020 recruits).
In the run up to Armed Forces Day, a video exposing the brutal potential outcomes of armed service has become a viral hit online.
The Defence Select Committee has increased the pressure on the MoD to stop enlisting minors, in a report published today (6 March).
The Church of Scotland and Bishops of the Church in Wales are among signatories of a letter to the MoD calling for an end to the military recruitment of under-18s.
Human rights campaigners have welcomed an MP's attempt to raise the minimum age of enlistment in the UK armed forces to eighteen.
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