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U.S. Military Assistance to Countries Using Child Soldiers: 1990 – 2006

by Rhea Myerscough

Released on March 8, 2006, the State Department’s 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices discuss the “nature and extent of the compulsory recruitment and conscription of individuals under the age of 18” by all armed groups in every country, and what steps have been taken by the governments of the respective countries to eliminate such practices. CDI’s research has revealed that, since 2001, the United States has provided or plans to provide 21 of these 25 countries with military assistance.

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The goal of the Straus Military Reform Project is to secure far more effective military forces and much more ethical and professional military and civilian leadership at significantly lower budget levels.

We would like to thank Philip A. Straus Jr. and family for their generous support.

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