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£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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Majority of recruits 'enjoy a great army career'

The Ministry of Defence has been accused of wasting almost £94 million a year by training teenagers for the army.

Colonel Bob Stewart, who served in Bosnia and is now an MP, told Daybreak "yes there's a cost for doing it" but that it was entirely beneficial. He said:

The vast majority absolutely love doing it and they go straight into the army and enjoy a great career.

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