Big recruitment drive gets going

By Jon Moreno

Sunday, February 9, 2014

 

Big recruitment drive gets going

Aaron Foyle, left, with Lt Cpl Kieran Reid, at the first recruitment evening at the Isle of Wight Army Reserve Centre, Drill Hall Road, Newport.

THE British Army hopes to persuade Islanders to join up as part of a new national recruitment campaign.

The restructured army wants to fill the thousands of new openings in the regulars and reserves.

The campaign will include regional events to coincide with new research.

A series of reservist recruitment events, at which Islanders are invited to chat with serving soldiers, are being held at the Army Reserve Centre, Drill Hall Road, Newport.

The first was held last week. They will continue each Wednesday, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, all year until December.

Maj Gen Chris Tickell, director general of the Army Recruiting and Training Division, said: "The army is restructuring to ensure regular and reserve soldiers are fully integrated into one force — training and working alongside each other.

"This campaign will increase the trained strength of part-time soldiers. We hope to do this by challenging public perceptions that the army consists purely of front-line combat roles. There is much more to the army than meets the eye."

Full-time and part-time jobs include anything from bricklayers and communications specialists to engineers, vets and musicians.

• For more information about job opportunities with the army, visit www.army.mod.uk/jobs, or call 0845 600 8080.

Reporter: jonm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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