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Should the age of Army enlistment be raised to 18?

Bishops from the Church of Scotland and the Church in Wales have signed to an open letter written by campaign group Child Soldiers asking the MOD to end recruiting under-18's.

The UK is one of only 19 countries with an enlistment age of 16 - others include North Korea, Iran, Kyrgystan and Bahrain.

So should the age of enlistment be raised to 18?

BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast spoke to Dean Lowestoff who enlisted in the Army at 16 and military author Steve McLoughlin who joined up at 30.

  • 08 Nov 2013
  • From the section UK
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