Deepcut report calls for end to under-18 recruiting for Army

The Defence Select Committee investigating the deaths of young soldiers at Deepcut Army barracks is to call for the minimum age for joining the Army to be raised from 16 to 18.

Following a year-long inquiry into the deaths of four recruits at the base between 1995 and 2002, the committee has accused the Army of a “catastrophic” failure in its duty of care to new recruits.

It will also recommend stripping officers of their role in investigating cases of bullying and the introduction of an independent bullying watchdog.

The report says that soldiers are posted to training depots if they are troublesome and the Army needs to ‘get them out of the way’.

However, the report stopped short of calling for a public inquiry.

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