Young British army recruits at higher risk of PTSD and suicide, says report

A recent report has found that soldiers who join the army before they are 18 are more likely to experience post-traumatic stress disorder, other serious mental health problems and alcoholism than their older counterparts.

Recruits under the age of 18 made up 23.4% of the British Army intake last year. The report’s author also suggested that young soldiers from less affluent backgrounds are at even more risk as they face “a perfect storm of pre-existing vulnerability and greater battlefield exposure”.

Even though the UK is the only country in Europe who still recruit under 18s the Ministry of Defence have refused to conduct a review of their recruitment policy.