Inside the college that trains the UK’s youngest soldiers

Sixteen-year-old Grace Monaghan, one of Britain’s junior soldiers, is unfazed by the prospect of killing someone. “It’s not a nice thought,” she said. “But it’s what we’re trained to do. It doesn’t bother me much.”

Monaghan is one of hundreds of 16- and 17-year-olds being trained at the Army Foundation College in North Yorkshire.

She rejected the description “child soldier”: the UN definition is anyone under 18. “We are not children,” she said. “Because of what we do, we mature earlier.”

Naturally the Guardian hates the very thought of such a college.

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