An excerpt from When the Walking Defeats You, a book about a young man who became one the bodyguard to one of the 21st century's most notorious warlords before making his escape.
Guns, berets, polish and soup: life in the army for a 16-year-old can be strange.
"It feels pretty unnecessary to train a bunch of people in war combat if they're going to die anyway."
Why would anyone want to drive a decommissioned tank around the countryside of what used to be East Germany? Why not?
In a country with conscription for every man and women, you have to tell tall tales to get out of the army.
What you learn from watching army rookies spend three months surviving in the wilderness and coming to terms with death as an occupational hazard.
Greek men are welcomed into their mandatory military service with a number of humiliating rituals.
An interview with photojournalist François Pesant about his book, 'An Enemy Within'.
Until now, female soldiers around the world have just been using men's vests in smaller sizes.
A recent effort to allow young American troops to drink just fell flat, but there are still advocates who wonder why 18-year-olds can die for their country but can't buy a beer.
We meet the UK's Army Cadet Force to find out if giving a 12-year-old a gun can ever be a good thing.
Can giving a twelve-year-old a gun be a good thing? We meet the UK's Army Cadet Force to find out.