Britian sends Child Soldiers to the Front

#3
Here we go again,drooooooooone on and on and on,Utter bollox...

Child soldiers are 10/12/13/14 years old,and in some countries even younger.Why do people bother to read this rag?..
 
#4
What's the policy these days? I joined JIB, Shornecliffe in 1971 at 15 years of age. After 2 years as a boy soldier, I went to my battalion at 17 years of age after a few weeks at depot where I spent a couple of months kicking my heels on the rear party until my 18th birthday on the Friday, on the birthday lash over the weekend and arrived in Belfast on Monday to join my new mates for the last 6 weeks of the tour in Divis. Has it changed, has someone made a mistake or is this just untrue nonsense?
 
#5
That's exactly what I thought, what do they have U18's doing anyway? I just filled sandbags at BBK until I was old enough to go out - oh and that was 1984 for any journo's out there. Two of them were just days away from being 18
 
#6
So 4 soldiers under 18 from approximately 200,000 deployed over 10 years to TELIC and HERRICK, of which 2 were within 48hrs of their Birthdays - by my reckoning thats roughly a 0.0002% total of our deployed forces in that time.

Yup, we're sending Child soldiers to war!
 
#8
There were a couple or so deployed who were slightly under age. Admin cock-up.
 
#13
So 4 soldiers under 18 from approximately 200,000 deployed over 10 years to TELIC and HERRICK, of which 2 were within 48hrs of their Birthdays - by my reckoning thats roughly a 0.0002% total of our deployed forces in that time.

Yup, we're sending Child soldiers to war!
Agreed and add to that that most sub 18s will actively work to get on the deployment and so make the admin task more difficult. In my experience, units are generally good at monitoring this and acting within policy.

In any event, 5 year old Hootch Jnr is constantly engaged in intergalactic war against the dark forces of the Empire and is getting rather handy with a light sabre - so should I be reported to Victoria Forbes Adam, director of the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers????

I think it just makes these so called "charities" look pedantic and given to hyperbole - Islington champagne socialists probably on £100k a year plus generous expenses.
 
#14
I think this is appalling and the United Nations (or someone) should send a peacekeeping force out to put a stop to it. Where is Britian anyway, somewhere in Africa?
 
#15
My 10 year old is back on R & R. She says it's shite and that she's signing off after this tour.
Because LOA and CEA may be getting cut?
 
#16
More info on the professional wingeing class.

Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The coalition is funded by grants from six national governments, various foundations and trusts, in addition to individual member contributions. Individuals can contribute by direct donation and through partnerships with online shopping outlets, who donate a percentage of each purchase to CSUCS.

For the 2009-10 fiscal year the CSUSC had an annual income of £824,887, an 80% increase from 2006.


WTF ???? 80% rise in four years?

Accounts are detailed here, page 24 for a breakdown:-

http://www.child-soldiers.org/coali...of_Child_Soldiers_accounts_YE_31_Mar_2010.pdf

As suspected, mainly funded by governments and "foundations" - that are no doubt in turn funded by government.

At £380,000 fully loaded salary cost for 8 full time staff, I'm sure they are happy to keep the bandwagon chugging along.

Edited to add a provision of an extra £45,000 for "exceptional consulting costs", so someone is on a nice little earner as a consultant ........ former Director ?????

Nice work - all you have to do is produce a report once a year and constantly winge about things.
 
#18
Now this was a boy Soldier, well Seaman actually and a bloody brave one:- quote "When it came upon the German Fleet, Chester was in the van of Admiral Hood's squadron, and it received heavy gunfire in its first encounter with this enemy Navy. Some 20% of her crew were either killed or wounded, and about half of all the gun's crews were adversely affected, including the forward 5.5 inch gun where Jack Cornwall, only 16, served as the sight setter. Two of this gun's crew crawled to safety, others lay dead or were dying scattered around the gun mounting, but Jack Cornwall, the former Grocer's delivery boy, held firm at his post throughout the long ordeal of this action. It was many hours later, when the battle was at last over, before it was realised that Jack was dying, by then it was too late to save him. and he subsequently died. His body was taken ashore, and without any ceremony, Jack Cornwall was buried in a common grave at Grimsby."
He did get the VC as did these lads :- "Hospital Apprentice Andrew Fitzgibbon, Indian Medical Establishment, Taku Forts, China, 21 August 1860 and Drummer Thomas Flinn, 64th Regiment, Cawnpore, India, 28 November 1851. They were both aged 15 years and 3 months at the time of their actions."
 
#19
With this standard of 'non-news' you really have to wonder why people buy newspapers at all. The profess to give the people 'news', which is actually complete dribble. Real news arrives quicker via the internet, twitter or facebook and a spotty 13 year old geek can come up with better made up stories and conspiracy theories than the hacks, and they do it for free.

And as a bonus, if children are putting newspaper 'journalists' out of business, they can't be at war, can they!
 

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