Britian sends Child Soldiers to the Front

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  1. Not this utter **** again.
  2. 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?..
  3. 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?
  4. 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
  5. 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!
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  6. My 10 year old is back on R & R. She says it's shite and that she's signing off after this tour.
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  7. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

    There were a couple or so deployed who were slightly under age. Admin cock-up.
  8. Very simple:

    This is a child:

    These are not:

    This is news

    This isn't really.
  9. Fair enough, but why has the child got a real weapon and the grown-up a balsawood one?
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  10. Because it's lighter. You could walk all day with that one ;)
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  11. Walk? Walk? Ahh, you mean sashay...
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. Because LOA and CEA may be getting cut?
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