Army training is "traumatic" for young recruits and damages the adolescent mind, according to British infantry veteran Wayne Sharrocks, who features in a series of short films released today by Child Soldiers International.
Figures released yesterday (24 November 2016) reveal that the British Army has increased its intake of 16-year-olds in the past 12 months, defying calls from the UN, children's rights organisations and others campaigning for an end to the recruitment of minors.
The Attorney General has given consent for the family of Private Sean Benton, who died at Deepcut barracks 21 years ago, to apply to the High Court for a fresh inquest into the circumstances around his death.
The Coroner in the inquest into the 1995 death of Private Cheryl James at Deepcut Barracks has today (3 June 2016) recorded a verdict of suicide, delivering a narrative verdict that severely criticised serious failures in duty of care at Deepcut barracks.
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).