I put this report together with Rachel Taylor for Child Soldiers International. The purpose was to marshal the evidence showing the effects on young people in mid-adolescence of being recruited by their armed forces and trained to kill.

In affluent countries enlisted minors under the age of 18 are no longer routinely sent to war, but the psychological conditioning of military training, the often-violent military environment, their early departure from state education, and the highly restrictive terms of service that prevent recruits from leaving at will, all have an impact on health and later-life job prospects. This report quantifies that impact in the international context for the first time, using research covering a dozen or so countries, particularly the UK and US.

The report also shows that children are enticed to enlist by marketing that glamorises military life unrealistically, and they are typically not told about the risks and obligations of military employment.


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