ForcesWatch develops projects and works with organisations, individuals and initiatives concerned about military recruitment. It is currently working in the following areas:
Challenging military presence in education
The armed forces visit thousands of UK schools each year, providing free resources, presentations and recruitment activities. The Government’s ‘military ethos and skills’ programme includes a number of initiatives that will see more military-led activity in schools. ForcesWatch are concerned about the armed forces being promoted to children within schools and colleges.
Advocating for change
ForcesWatch campaigns for a change in policy to: raise the minimum age of recruitment to 18, make terms and conditions for serving personnel clearer and less restrictive, and for greater recognition of conscientious objection. Recent campaigning led to a change in the law so that under-18s in the forces now have the right to leave, and can hand in their notice any time before their 18th birthday.
The military in society
ForcesWatch observe and respond to ways in which the military is being promoted as a normal part of everyday life. It believes that uncritical support for the armed forces stifles concerns about how young people are recruited and limits debate on alternatives to war. See more