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    A new report exposes the sinister truth behind Armed Forces Day

    Saturday 30 June 2018 is Armed Forces Day. This showcases hundreds of events across the UK. The purpose, we are told, is to offer everyday people the “chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community”. But a new report exposes the dark reality behind Armed Forces Day and the ‘British values’ that they are linked to.

    British militarism

    Warrior Nation: War, militarisation and British democracy, published by ForcesWatch, details a “militarisation offensive” launched against the British public by the military, political and media establishments. Warrior Nation argues that events like Armed Forces Day are part and parcel of a creeping militarism and militarisation of British society, designed to suppress dissent and ensure long-term support for war.The report finds that engineering widespread support for military action among the British public has not been very successful. But militarism has nonetheless had an incredibly corrosive effect upon social norms and liberties. Attempting to create a society that accepts a state of permanent war, the establishment has sought to suppress multiculturalism, freedom of speech, and the right to dissent.

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    What is militarism?


    08/11/2018





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    Militarism is subject to many different definitions. This can make it hard to characterise for those seeking to expand their understanding of what is an important aspect of social culture.
    Militarism, and the process of militarisation, is a broad and complex issue involving a diverse range of different groups and interests. While it has long been a central dynamic in British history, it has current manifestations that are particular to the present day.
    ForcesWatch has found the following to be a useful starting definition of militarism:

    • the normalisation of war and preparation for war
    • prioritising the needs and interests of military institutions
    • extension of military culture and influence into everyday life such as in education, central and local government and business, charities and other organisations



    In our view there is a substantial body of evidence that these aspects of militarism have become intensified over the last decade or more. This 'new tide of militarisation' can be traced through policy and practice and adds up to a concerted effort by government and the armed forces, and supported by others, to promote the military and to make sure that it has enough recruits to fight its battles and enough support to go to war.



    Read more on https://www.forceswatch.net/blog/what-is-militarism


    Training school pupils for the military and surveillance?


    12/10/2018





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    With recent announcements about cadets in schools and Cyber Cadets, we critique government commissioned research and political thinking that could lead to a far wider introduction of cadets and the harnessing of young people into 'tackling security threats'..
    Over the last two weeks the MoD has made various announcements relating to armed forces cadets. These include 30 new cadet units in schools, referring to a new social impact report, and the extension of the Cadet Expansion Programme with cadet numbers in schools rising to 60,000 by 2024. They also unveiled a new Cyber Cadet scheme and a National Cadet Week.
    Previous high profile announcements have surrounded this part of the 'military ethos' programme, indicating the status that the government are giving it. The driving factors are an ideological belief in the power of cadets, and the military, to transform young people's lives, and the need to generate new recruits in the midst of a recruitment crisis. Given Gavin Williamson's penchant for taking things further than other defence secretaries, this raft of new measures is not surprising.

    Read more on https://www.forceswatch.net/blog/tra...d-surveillance



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