War marketed as family entertainment: our letter to Independent on Armed Forces Day

27 June 2015 – War marketed as family entertainment

Pat Gaffney of Pax Christi and Bruce Kent of the  Movement for  the Abolition of War are among signatories to a letter published in the Independent today challenging the impact of military culture on young people.

Today is Armed Forces day, a relatively new venture created by the Government to provide a way for ‘the public show their support for the Armed Forces’.  However, signatories to the letter believe that it is primarily a promotion and celebration of military culture that is very much aimed at children and young people.  This is clearly seen in the number of family fun events, exhibitions and ‘hand-on’ activities that are being held around the country.  They are especially concerned for those under-18s who may be recruited into the armed forces as a result of these events. More than 7,000 people have signed a Petition urging our Government to raise the recruitment age to 18.  Currently the recruitment age is 16.  More here 


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