Conor McAllister: The navy was like a jail sentence - I had to escape
As a teenager, Conor McAllister joined the navy for adventure, but his three tours left him sceptical of the military system. He explains why he had to get out
I JOINED the navy in 2009. I joined as a warfare specialist. It seemed interesting at the time. I was on my way to a job interview at Debenhams, and I didn't want to work there.
I went on three operations, one in the Falklands, one in the Middle East and another in the Caribbean.
Geoffrey Martin: I quit the army over Iraq - I realised it was bullshit
Until the Iraq War, Geoffrey Martin was content during his six years in the army, but the occupation and his brother's post-army breakdown led him to reconsider whether it can ever be right to fight and die for Britain
I JOINED a day after my 18th birthday. I joined in 1988. I was chomping at the bit to join the army. My recruiter told me to wait till I was 18 as I was so keen.
It gave me a bit of time to think about it. At the time I was studying A level art and music. I did my aptitude test when I was 17.
Ex-forces personnel speak out against military visits to Scottish schools
Veterans for Peace speakers: education should bring peace not militarisation
FORMER NAVAL AND ARMY SERVICES PEOPLE are the latest figures to back the campaign to reform the "disproportionate" number of visits targeting school children for military careers.
Conor McAllister (ex-navy) and Geoffrey Martin (ex-army) addressed a meeting in Glasgow last week to share their forces experiences and reasons for reforming UK military activity.
Chilcot report will inform UK war crimes in Iraq investigation by ICC
Chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda raises prospect of further legal action on UK war crimes
THE CHILCOT REPORT could provide evidence leading to the prosecution of British military and political figures for war crimes at the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.
The long-delayed establishment enquiry into the responsibility for the war in Iraq could "provide useful leads" for the open investigations into reports of war crimes committed by UK troops during the war and occupation.
.@ScotGP leader @Maggie4Scotland backs action to limit military recruitment in schools
Chapman warns of dangers to provide "open access" for military in schools
THE SCOTTISH EDUCATION SYSTEM can take a lead "away from arming our young people towards peace", according to the co-convener of the Scottish Greens Maggie Chapman.
Chapman, speaking to CommonSpace, welcomed the new petition to increase transparency and scrutiny of military visits to schools - which have been criticised for promoting signing up to fight for the UK military to pupils as young as 15.
UK military minister accused of bypassing parliament over Libya bombing
Recent US airstrike on North Africa took place with support from UK military
THE UK MILITARY must stop "keeping parliament in the dark" over a recent authorisation to bomb the war-torn nation of Libya from a UK RAF base, according to SNP MP Kirsten Oswald.
Tory minister Michael Fallon MP confirmed authorising UK support for the bombing, which took place on Friday 19 February and killed over 30 people according to the New York Times.
Cat Boyd calls for end to military recruitment in Scottish schools
Lead Rise candidate joins campaign to investigate the thousands of military school visits
THE UK MILITARY should stop targeting children as "cannon fodder for rich people's wars" through school recruitment, according to socialist campaigner Cat Boyd.
Campaign launched to reform "disproportionate" military visits to Scottish schools
Calls for investigation into militarisation and recruitment practices in 83 per cent of schools
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT should launch an investigation into how the British military is targeting children for recruitment in the country's schools, according to a new campaign coalition.
Forces Watch, a military reform group, and the Quakers faith group have launched a petition to the Scottish Parliament in favour of increased transparency and scrutiny of armed forces visits to schools.