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Keighley and Ilkley MP against raising army age
10:00am Sunday 3rd November 2013 in News
Ilkley and Keighley MP and one-time soldier Kris Hopkins has rejected claims the army should raise its minimum recruitment age.
Human rights group ForcesWatch has called for the age to be increased from 16 to 18, claiming younger recruits are more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and behave violently on their return from war zones.
But Mr Hopkins, who served for five years with the Duke of Wellington Regiment, said: “I see no need for the army to change its recruitment policies.
“Joining the armed forces provides an excellent platform for other careers later in life. For example, army colleges enable young men and women from the age of 16 to learn skills, earn money and become a soldier.
“I also understand that independent research shows the rates of PTSD are similar to rates in the civilian population, and that rates of suicide are actually lower.”
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