Your Country Needs Youth is a short documentary by Gemma Atkinson & Fred Grace following their two subjects David Buck, an ex-soldier recruited at just 17 who is suffering with mental health issues, and Richard Pendleton, an ex-advertiser, who worked on the Army’s campaigns targeting children and their families who is living with the guilt of his actions.
The short documentary Your Country Needs Youth delves deep into the recruitment practices of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Britain is one of the few countries still recruiting 16 year old children into the army, many of which end up suffering from PTSD, other mental health issues, and increasing suicide rates. This short film Your Country Needs Youth forced the MOD to review it’s policy towards recruiting under 18s into the armed forces.
Director: Gemma Atkinson & Fred Grace