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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.

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MoD: No plans to change Army recruitment policy

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.

– MoD Spokesperson

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