The UK Army, in numerical terms, is the fourth largest in the world.
In November 2020 The UK Army assisted in barcoding and testing of UK schoolchildren for COVID-19. The headmistress wrote to parents/carers that it "was not possible" to get parental consent for involvement in the COVID-19 testing.
War crime allegations
“The British army operated rules of engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan that at times allowed soldiers to shoot unarmed civilians who were suspected of keeping them under surveillance, a Middle East Eye investigation has established.
The casualties included a number of children and teenage boys, according to several former soldiers interviewed by MEE.
Two former infantrymen allege that they and their fellow soldiers serving in southern Iraq were at one point told that they had permission to shoot anyone seen holding a mobile telephone, carrying a shovel, or acting in any way suspiciously.
The rules were relaxed, they say, in part because of concerns that unarmed individuals were acting as spotters for militants, or were involved in planting roadside bombs.”
Ian Cobain (4 February 2019) 
|Document:An Open Letter On Defence||open letter||Michael Boyce|
|An open letter the BBC published from a group of academics and military men written to the UK Prime Minister highlighting "global threats", warning that "security is threatened in almost every corner of the globe" and that decreased military expenditure would "damage our international credibility". Authors included at least two members of the Institute for Statecraft.|
|Document:Recruiting for Violence in the Military||article||1 April 2013||Lesley Docksey|
- https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/exclusive-british-army-permitted-shooting-civilians-iraq-and-afghanistan Middle East Eye