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By Tracy Walker, Nottingham Post

Nottingham city centre stood to attention when shoppers were given an insight into life in the Armed forces.

Regular Army and Army reserve units from across the Midlands hosted a recruitment...


Scientists to spend £500,000 examining how toys shape opinions of war

Hayley Dixon -

 Scientists are to spend £500,000 finding out if playing with toys like Action Man shape children's opinions on war and terrorism.

The two year study also plans to look at whether such dolls have a role to play in influencing the future of our armed forces.

The project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, is the first analysis of the role of toys in the making of young people.

It's hoped the findings will be published in 2016 shortly after the expected withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan, which itself will inform the research.

Professor Klaus Dodds, of Royal Holloway University in London, who insists the money is well spent, said: "We are not examining whether war toys are good or bad or the psychology of such play.


Peace Education Network: Teach Peace

Teach Peace

Teach Peace, a new resource from the Peace Education Network, is a set of eight assemblies, follow-up activities, resources, prayers and reflections on peace for primary schools.

From the UN peace day, 21 September, to the International Day for Children as Victims of War, 4 June, the school year is filled with opportunities to use the assemblies and activities in Teach Peace. This resource will help to ensure peace is a key theme in our children’s education and help you to celebrate peace and the peacemakers in your school.

This Package Includes:


Interview with Emma Sangster, co-ordinator of Forces Watch

Ian Sinclair -

Last summer the first Armed Forces Day was marked in the UK with over 200 nationwide public events including a military parade in Chatham, Kent attended by the Prime Minister. According to the official Armed Forces Day website the event “is an annual opportunity for the nation to show your support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community” who are “busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers and providing security and fighting terrorism.”


Woodcraft Folk U.K.: Motion 5: Campaign Against Military Recruitment in Schools: article

Young Kinsfolk delegates

This Annual General Meeting supports the DF movement’s campaign against military recruitment in schools. Woodcraft Folk calls for an end to the recruitment of children into the armed forces as it goes against our Aims and Principles as well as contravening the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

We call on the relevant Minister in the Ministry of Defence (currently Mark Francois MP) to change their recruitment practices in light of the UK’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which opposes the recruitment of children into the armed forces.

This Annual Gathering also recognises that the new Woodcraft Folk campaign “Our Times” on war and politics is a good opportunity for this issue to be discussed and campaigned on. We see this issue as a priority for young people and recommend that the campaign reflects this.

Proposed and seconded by: DF Committee


British army criticised for recruiting 16 year olds

Britain is one of just 19 countries that still recruit 16-year-olds to the armed forces. A new report claims that younger recruits are more likely to suffer from PTSD, alcohol problems and suicide than those who join as adults. This video tells the story of David Buck who joined the army at 17 but now feels he was conned by misleading recruitment marketing.


British army criticised for recruiting 16 year olds

Saskia Neibig, Woodcraft Folk: Raising awareness, taking action

Saskia Neibig, from Woodcraft Folk talks about raising awareness and taking action.

Saskia was involved in the Woodcraft Folk's Campaign Against Military Recruitment in Schools, which is still active.


Saskia Neibig, Woodcraft Folk: Raising awareness, taking action


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