Skip to comments.Rights groups: UK must end army recruitment at 16
Posted on 04/23/2013 7:54:58 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Britains military is wasting up to £94 million ($143.4 million) a year training recruits who are under 18 years old, human rights campaigners said Tuesday, urging an end to the practice.
Britain is the only member of the European Union and only permanent member of the United Nations Security Council that allows military recruitment from the age of 16though soldiers cannot deploy until they turn 18. Most countries recruit from the age of 18.
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how do they feel about JROTC?
At least it’s a job
They’re planning to reduce the voting age to 16. It would be a bit incongrous to do that and stop people serving until they are 18.
Leftists never want the youth given moral training by folks who are competent in their fields. Hence, keep ‘em away from the military.
I have the sinking feeling that it’ll be our military (helped by all those civilian gun purchases - thanks, Obamadork) that will be our last wall against the libs...and you can be sure that the libt*rds are really trying to make sure that our military is thoroughly infiltrated with incompetent boobs at the top...and sometimes I think they are succeeding rather well.
If they don’t go to University aren’t they done with school at 16? I think they call it O levels.
Most schools go to 18 years old.
BTW, the US recruits 17 year old and begins training before boot camp. My son is an AIR guard member and reports for weekend drills which is preparing him for boot camp. Another person at his school is Army Reserve and has been reporting every weekend for PT at a local station.
My son in law did the same in HS and enlisted at 18.
In the UK, you can do what were O grades (o for ordinary) at 16, then leave and work. Or go to college (equivalent to community college in the US). Or go on an apprenticeship.
You can choose to stay on for another year or two, and do your A levels (called Highers in Scotland), which is a more advanced course/qualification in your chosen subjects, you need A levels/Highers for entry to university.
College in the UK does not by and large require an applicant to have A levels/highers, although that is changing, as colleges offer more and more advanced academic courses.
Colleges in the UK are above school but below university in terms of academic level.
O levals (o grades in scotland) changed their name to Standard Grades in Scotland and GCSE in England, Wales and NI in the late 80’s/early 90’s.
I joined the Royal Australian Navy for officer training shortly before my sixteenth birthday. Best thing I ever did. A generation earlier, boys were doing it at thirteen.
Nowadays, potential officers join at eighteen and spend four years training for a university degree. Technically, in some ways, they are better qualified than we were, but I think we’ve lost some things as well. We were started out right - and most of us stayed right. And if you were one of the ones who could not make the grade (no great shame - the standards were, rightly, very high), you found that out young enough to easily do something else.