“Does military training do more psychological damage than war itself??.”
Over a month ago
It has been reported on RT.com by a Veteran’s Group that the current military training of recruits may be doing more psychological damage than war itself, particularly to the British Army’s child recruits.
A letter will be handed to the MoD calling for an end to what it see as the brutalizing recruitment and training of 16 and 17-year-olds. The delivery of the letter coincides with the release of a video testimony by soldiers themselves.
The group claims in its letter that as “veterans of every conflict in which this country has been involved since the Second World War” they have seen that “16 and 17-year-olds are too young to be recruited and trained for war.”
“We have been through military training; it is a brutal form of psychological conditioning designed to fundamentally alter the way your mind works, leaving the army in control of what you value and how you react,” the group said.
“These values and reactions are very difficult to switch off and cause all sorts of problems later on in civilian life. No other country in Europe subjects 16-year-olds to this process, it’s time this country caught up.” The campaign is being fronted by Veterans for Peace UK (VFPUK) in conjunction with the human rights NGO Child Soldiers International.
The MoD has long maintained that recruiting under-18s is a good way to provide skills and training which benefit the majority of recruits in the long term, what’s is YOUR view.