WHAT ABOUT THE UK?
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