http://www.defencemanagement.com/news_story.asp?id=22752 'MoD wastes £94m a year recruiting under-18s' 23 April 2013 The Ministry of Defence has been urged to stop recruiting teenagers as young as 16 into the British Army, with claims that it is wasting millions of pounds and engaging in an unethical practice. A new report launched by Child Soldiers International and ForcesWatch, said it cost the taxpayer twice as much to train a 16-year-old recruit as it did to train someone who was 18. Longer training was required for minors and there was a higher drop out rate. The findings, said to be drawn from MoD figures, meant that £94m was being wasted every year, the report claimed. Richard Clarke, director of Child Soldiers International asked: "Why is the MoD wasting tens of millions of pounds every year on inefficient and ethically questionable recruitment policies when experienced soldiers are being made redundant due to budget cuts?" David Gee of ForcesWatch added: "Recruiting minors into the army is a practice from a bygone era. It's not just young recruits who pay the price for outdated MoD policies – taxpayers do too. And so does the army, when it finds itself undermanned on the frontline because so many minors have dropped out of training." But according to reports, the MoD said there were no plans to revisit the government's recruitment policy for under-18s, which was said to be fully compliant with United Nations conventions. "As part of our duty of care to our recruits, no young person under the age of 18 years may join our armed forces without the formal written consent of their parent or guardian," a spokesman said.