The Church in Wales is calling for an end to recruitment of under-18s to the Army. The MoD has come under pressure to raise the minimum Army enlistment age. It follows an open letter from campaign group Child Soldiers International.
Bishops from the Church in Wales are calling for an end to recruiting under 18s to the Army.
Currently 16 year olds can join with parental consent.
The church says the current policy is channelling the youngest, most disadvantaged recruits into the most dangerous frontline combat roles. But The Ministry of Defence says this ignores the opportunities that a military career offers, as Tom Sheldrick reports.
These young trainees are preparing to apply to the Armed Forces. They're currently undergoing training at the Military Preparation Collage in Cardiff. All three disagree with calls that there should be a minimum age of 18 to join the Armed Forces.
The MoD says it has no plans to revisit its recruitment policy for under-18s.
It follows calls from bishops in Wales to raise the minimum Army enlistment age from 16 to 18 years old.
All the bishops from the Church in Wales have signed an open letter from charity Child Soldiers International, calling for an end to recruitment of under-18s to the Army.
This letter unfortunately ignores the benefits and opportunities that a military career offers young people.
We continue to actively recruit across all age groups and as part of our duty of care to our recruits no young person under the age of 18 years may join our Armed Forces without the formal written consent of their parent or guardian.
There are currently no plans to revisit the Government's recruitment policy for under-18s which is fully compliant with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.