CHILDREN enlisting in the British Armed Forces are facing “significant risk and disadvantage,” a human rights campaign warned yesterday.
According to Child Soldiers International, recruits under the age of 18 were “actively sought” for more dangerous infantry roles.
In a letter to Defence Minister Penny Mordaunt, the charity urged the government to raise the minimum enlistment age to 18. At present, kids can take to the colours at 16 and apply to from 15.
The letter was co-signed by the National Union of Teachers general secretary Christine Blower and the children’s commissioners for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
An MoD spokesman said: “We take pride in the fact our armed forces provide challenging and constructive education, training, and employment opportunities for young people, equipping them with valuable skills.”