Using children as troops in practical use is highly ineffective. Not only that but it is unethical as fuck. As user Kuniko pointed out, Children should grow up not in violence, But in a classroom. Using kids as soldiers is fucking retarded. If they somehow survive the war then they will have to fight with PTSD and other disorders.
This itself is madness. Just imagine what will they grow up into once they become an adult. A man-slaughtering running amok with a gun everywhere he goes? Their brains are still in the process of development, They should be culminated and protected. We are talking about protecting children from violence but here we are supporting children in armed conflicts? Sure, Some of you might say that it is a way of patriotism, To serve the country. I believe that there should be a minimum age of at least around 18+ until they are able to think for themselves. Because right now, They are signing up for something without knowing the true implication behind it. Our generations will also be affected as there will be lesser and lesser children to continue their generation.
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