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British Army Criticised for Recruiting 16-year-olds

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The British Army has been criticised by a new report for their policy of recruiting 16 year olds to the armed forces. 

Britain is one of only 19 countries that still recruit 16 year olds, but this policy has been criticised by a new report that suggests younger recruits are far more likely to suffer from alcohol problems and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) than those who join the armed forces as adults. The report also claims that those recruited at a younger age are more likely to commit suicide.

This video, courtesy of The Guardian, tells the story of David Buck, who joined as a 17 year old but now feels as though he was conned by misleading marketing aimed at recruitment:

John Pring

John Pring is the Managing Editor of Visual Broadcast and an experienced data visualisation and infographic specialist. His main interests include literature, football, art & design, infographics and visual storytelling, and you can find him on Twitter @designbysoap

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