Mail: "UK Sent 'Children' To Iraq And Afghanistan Despite Government Ban"

#2
Another non-story by the Mail - what are they thinking? When are we going to see a headline along the lines of "Daily Mail in shock unveiling of a real news story"?
 
#3
I think what actually happened is that they were perhaps a few days short of their eighteenth birthdays, and in order to ensure that the battalion/regiment arrived together to do RSOI at Bastion, they were flown out. They wouldnt have had a chance of getting into a contact/being blown up for the first two weeks of their tour as they would have been in Bastion acclimatising. What a load of bull! But hey, it is the mail...
 
#4
It's interesting how the media refer to under 18s and under 21s. It seems to depend very much on what they ahve done.

A 17 year old female who suffers violence is a schoolgirl. The same 17 year old is a teenager if she does anything marginally wrong in the eyes of the law and a youth if the misdemeanour is any more serious. Child for under 18 seems to be a good one for those under 18 serving in the military or the victim of gang crime. Of course if a 17 year old child is killed by a 17 year old youth you know its gang crime.
 

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