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UK government is urged to end recruitment of “children” into armed forces

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5595 (Published 18 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5595
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

The UK’s armed forces are facing a call to stop recruiting 16 and 17 year olds, who are not yet physiologically or emotionally mature enough to make such a life changing decision.

The campaign group Medact said in a report that the UK is one of few countries in the world to recruit 16 year olds into the military, despite calls from human rights organisations such as the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child and the …

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