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Discussion in 'World Armed Forces' started by Jeff Head, Apr 6, 2015.

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    I would say the likely reason is large unspent stocks of older missiles. Most of the time these are used in patrol missions but there is little expectation of realistic fighting against a near peer air force because most of those have nuclear weapons...
     
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    Unrelated to PLA questions, but what is the point of using child soldiers?

    Aside from the moral problems, wouldn’t there be a huge training deficiency? How would you train a 9 yr old to effectively fight in modern war? Surely it would be even more expensive than training a normal soldier?

    If they are relegated to non combat positions, what sort of advantage do they offer over adults? I imagine say a seasoned electronics operator would be far more effective and calmer under fire compared to a child told which buttons to press?

    Chances are, wouldn’t child soldiers just forget how to operate equipment in the heat of battle?
     
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    Well these are just guesses. But. You have to see that in countries which use child soldiers typically the average age of citizens is lower and life expectancy is lower as well.
    This is typically the case in African nations.

    So part of it is because of the availability (or lack of) of enough adults to do the fighting.
    Quite often also child soldiers are basically sold by their parents. They are thus basically combat slaves for the most part and hence cheaper to employ than adults.

    However do not expect to see a lot of kids aged 9. Most likely these are teenagers or older than that. Children who are too young cannot carry much of a combat load.
     
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