War veterans oppose recruitment of minors

British war veterans launch a campaign against enlisting 16-year-olds into the military. 

While Britain is current the only state in Europe or NATO that enlists minors, a policy criticized by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the parliamentary joint committee on human rights and other groups including Child Soldiers International and British Quakers, the organization Veterans For Peace (VFP) are demanding change in policy in an attempt to highlight the increasing costs of war.

Following a 6-month trial, 16-year-olds are locked into a system till the age of 22, a life-changing decision made at a tender young age, according to VFP coordinator Ben Griffin who served with the special forces of the UK army in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Griffin says his experiences give him an “obligation” to tell other teenagers the truth about the military, noting, “There’s no clear, uniformed enemy anymore.”


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