is 16 too young to serve the country? A North East MP is calling for the recruitment age for our armed forces to be changed. Alex Cunningham, the MP for Stockton North, says Britain's attitude to recruitment is outdated. He's holding a debate later calling for the age to be increased to 18. - can you be mature enough at 16 to cope with combat? - did you - or a loved one - join the forces straight from school? - what age would you allow recruitment to start at?