Stretched British army 'leaning on' under-18s to fill its ranks

Army turning to younger, poorer teenagers to fill riskiest roles, say critics of enlistment strategyBritain’s stretched army is increasingly relying on 16 and 17-year-olds to fill its ranks, with youngsters accounting for nearly 30% of those...

Stretched British army 'leaning on' under-18s to fill its ranks

Army turning to younger, poorer teenagers to fill riskiest roles, say critics of enlistment strategy

Britain’s stretched army is increasingly relying on 16 and 17-year-olds to fill its ranks, with youngsters accounting for nearly 30% of those enlisted last year, the highest proportion since the start of the decade.

Those recruited are also more likely to come from poorer backgrounds, such as on the edges of cities in the north of England, according to new data from Child Rights International Network (CRIN), which campaigns against recruiting under-18s.

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