armed forces

Almost every country feels the need to have armed forces of some kind, to protect its citizens, its borders and its values, and Britain is no exception. While the role and relationship of the armed forces within the wider society changes depending on the location and whether it’s a time of war or peace, the forces need young recruits to maintain their ranks. In countries that do not have conscription, the military uses other ways to attract young people by emphasising the benefits of a stable career and by promising adventure, travel, the chance to better oneself or to serve one’s country.
Britain is one of a few countries that allow people to join the armed forces from age 16. For those not old enough to enlist, there are other ways to get involved, for example through cadet forces. Yet over the last decade, Britain’s military has consistently failed to meet its recruitment targets and has struggled to attract a new generation. Recently, the British Army launched a new recruitment campaign to address this issue called “Be The Best”. In a changing world, how does the Army engage with today’s youth?
Questions:
  • What are the challenges the Army faces recruiting young people?
  • What does the armed forces need and want from young people?
  • Why do the armed forces recruit under 18s in Britain and what opportunities and challenges are raised by recruiting younger people? (Britain is the only country in Europe to do so)

UK under fire for recruiting an ‘army of children’ | Home News | News | The Independent

More than one in 10 new Army recruits are boy soldiers of just 16 years old, according to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Defence. And more than one in four of all new Army recruits are under 18 – too young to be sent into combat.

Source: UK under fire for recruiting an ‘army of children’ | Home News | News | The Independent

British Armed Forces – (Wikipedia)

brief information:

The British Armed Forces[nb 3] form the military of the United Kingdom, tasked with defence of the country, its overseas territories and the Crown dependencies; as well as promoting the UK’s wider interests, supporting international peacekeeping efforts, and providing humanitarian aid.[8] They encompass: the Royal Navy, a blue-water navy with a fleet of 77 commissioned ships; the Royal Marines, a highly specialised amphibious light infantry force; the British Army, the UK’s principal land warfare branch; an

Source: British Armed Forces – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia