WHAT ABOUT THE UK?

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One of Graça Machel’s ten rec­om­men­da­tions was that all na­tions stop re­cruit­ing chil­dren who are un­der the age of 18. A mi­nor­ity of coun­tries, in­clud­ing the UK, still re­cruit chil­dren. In the UK, kids can sign up from the age of 16 (with their par­ents’ con­sent), but can’t take part in com­bat un­til they’re 18. Ac­cord­ing to Child Soldiers In­ter­na­tional, around twothirds of the world’s coun­tries only re­cruit peo­ple from the age of 18. When we asked the Min­istry of Defence (MoD) why the UK still lets chil­dren join the armed forces, they said that: “Join­ing the armed forces gives young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity for a great ca­reer and we are proud of the op­por­tu­ni­ties we can of­fer to re­cruits. We take our duty of care for all per­son­nel ex­tremely se­ri­ously and en­sure un­der-18s are not de­ployed on op­er­a­tions that would ex­pose them to hos­til­i­ties.” Is join­ing our armed forces at 16 OK? Vote at first.news/polls

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