Army Foundation College instructors to face court martial over assault charges

Seventeen former army instructors are due before a court martial next month charged with assaults on recruits.

The group from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate are facing a total of 40 charges including actual bodily harm and battery.

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They will appear at the Bulford Court Martial Centre in Wiltshire on September 21 and 22.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed the 17 former recruit instructors will face a trial but refused to provide names or a list of charges, adding that it would not be appropriate to comment further.

The Army Foundation College provides basic training to junior army recruits aged 16-17, who are too young to be deployed on active service.