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Young troops 'greater PTSD risk'

Young soldiers from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, a new report by human rights group ForcesWatch claims. The report calls for the Ministry of Defence to raise the minimum recruitment age to 18.

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Young soldiers 'at greater risk of suffering from PTSD'

Young soldiers from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, according to a report published today.

The report is published by human rights group ForcesWatch. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The report, by human rights group ForcesWatch, found that younger recruits are significantly more likely than older personnel to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drink at levels harmful to health and to behave violently on their return from war.

The Last Ambush? Aspects of mental health in the British armed forces, calls for the Ministry of Defence to raise the minimum age of recruitment to 18 to avoid exposing the youngest soldiers to the most trauma.

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