Bishops join call to stop under 18's joining the Army

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.

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Calls to stop under 18s in Army

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.