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In recent decades, with wars fought overseas, civilian society is mostly informed about the military through the press and rarely comes into direct contact with the armed forces, potentially leading to a ‘gap’ in understanding between the military and the society they serve. Public understanding of the military and the work that they do can therefore be very limited.
However, in some communities in the UK, the military serves as an essential employer, while the Cadet Forces, closely affiliated with the Ministry of Defence, often serve as youth clubs and provide educational activities.
Most recently, the UK Government, concerned by an increasing lack of support for the military, created Armed Forces Day. This functions as an opportunity for civilian society to get close to and learn more about the Armed Forces. In addition, the Government has set up the Community Covenant Fund, which aims to  promote ‘understanding between the military and civilian populations’. The Armed Forces Covenant goes even further, setting out the relationship between the nation, the government and the armed forces, and claiming “that the whole nation has a moral obligation to members of the armed forces and their families, and…how they should expect to be treated.”
Questions:
  • What attitudes do the British public have towards the Armed Forces and how are these influenced by the media?
  • What presence do the armed forces have in local communities? How does this differ across the country and what factors determine the presence of the armed forces in various communities?
  • What is the impact of the armed forces on local communities and the wider society?
  • How inclusive are the armed forces in terms of race, gender, sexuality, socio-economic background, religion, disability, etc.?

Liverpool is far from ‘NEET’ for teenagers – Liverpool Echo

Liverpool has the third highest number of young people not in education, work or training in the UK, new figures reveal. Almost 10% of Liverpool youngsters aged 16-18 are classed as NEET, Not in Education, Employment or Training, according to a Department for Education (DfE) study.

Source: Liverpool is far from ‘NEET’ for teenagers – Liverpool Echo

How Wolverhampton and Coventry drifted apart on youth employment | Business | The Guardian

Youth unemployment figures published this week have underlined the contrasting economic fortunes of two cities an hour’s drive apart, with Wolverhampton having one of the highest jobless rates for 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK, and Coventry one of the lowest. The Guardian visited the two cities to find how their paths have diverged and why young people appear to have such comparative success in finding a job in Coventry, while the story is so different in Wolverhampton.

Source: How Wolverhampton and Coventry drifted apart on youth employment | Business | The Guardian

Liverpool Armed Forces Day 2017 – Liverpool Echo

Liverpool has been chosen to host the national event for Armed Forces Day in 2017 because of its track record of hosting public spectaculars. The day – which takes place on Saturday, June 24 next year – is a chance for people to show their support and salute the UK’s serving troops, veterans, cadets and service families.

Source: Liverpool Armed Forces Day 2017 – Liverpool Echo

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

The impact of overseas conflict on UK communities | JRF

Globalisation has intensified and changed the international connections of UK communities. This research studied the impact of conflict on communities in the UK from three areas: Afghanistan/Pakistan, the Great Lakes region (Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda) and the western Balkans. The report: looks at why some communities are affected more by overseas conflict than others; examines six detailed case studies of communities affected by overseas conflict; assesses how different communi

Source: The impact of overseas conflict on UK communities | JRF