£94m 'wasted' on young soldiers

Campaign groups have claimed the Ministry of Defence wastes up to £94 million a year training 16 and 17-year-old army recruits for roles which could be filled more cost-effectively by adults.

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£94 million a year is 'wasted on army recruits'

£94 million a year is 'wasted on training' by the MOD, campaign groups say Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The Ministry of Defence wastes up to £94 million a year training 16 and 17-year-old army recruits for roles which could be filled by adults, campaign groups have said.

According to a report by Child Soldiers International and ForcesWatch, it costs as much to train a 16-year-old as an 18-year-old.

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