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The Shock of Capture

Signing Up at 16 Episode 1 of 3

A revealing series following a group of 16 year old boys and girls, through a year of training at The Army Foundation College, Harrogate.

This programme charts the first six weeks of training - the hardest phase when the teenagers experience 'the shock of capture' and have to learn to adapt to their new army regime of strict discipline, early starts, limited contact with home and little free time.

It's physically and mentally hard, they are homesick and tired, and not all make it thorough.

Britain has the youngest army in Europe, and reporter Penny Marshall wonders what it takes to turn teenagers into soldiers who are physically and mentally ready to fight, and even to die, for their country.

Producer: Melissa FitzGerald
A Blakeway production for BBC Radio 4.

28 minutes

Last on

Mon 13 May 2013 11:00

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