Interesting Fact - Recruitment

At 16, Britain has the lowest recruitment age in Europe for young people wishing to join the army.

(They do need their parent or guardian's permission, and they are not sent to any war zones.  But, human rights groups have worked out that with longer training, and a higher drop out rate, recruiting at such a young age wastes up to £94m a year.  It costs an "estimated" £88,985 to recruit, train and pay new soldiers aged 16 and 17, compared with £42,818 for each adult recruit.

It might be nicer if they just pointed out that 16 year olds can't even vote as they're not considered mature enough. )


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