Local people are being offered the chance to serve their country in an exciting and fulfilling second career with the Army Reserve.
On Wednesday, Arbroath’s 2 Signal Squadron will be holding an open day on Applegate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., designed to boost the Army’s nationwide recruitment drive.
Army reservists will be out in the town centre to showcase the wide range of careers from across 200 job roles including mechanics, veterinary technicians and fitness instructors.
Members of the public will be able to speak to the soldiers to get a real understanding of Army life, and see a variety of the latest kit and equipment used by the British Army on display.
Brigadier Andrew Jackson, the director of Army recruiting and training said, “Joining the Army Reserve is an exciting opportunity for anyone looking to do something extra with their time and benefit from a rewarding experience outside of normal working hours.
“These events aim to showcase the broad range of jobs and world class training and development prospects available to anyone who is interested in joining or who thinks they know someone who would want to find out more.
“No matter what your skills or background, the Army Reserve has something to offer you. There is much more beyond military skill; it can take you abroad, equip you with new skills, give you invaluable experience and develop strengths you didn’t know you had.”
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is completely revitalising the Army Reserve, formerly known as the Territorial Army (TA), and making some significant changes to dramatically improve the offer for those who choose to join.
The MOD will be investing an additional £1.8 billion over 10 years to fund better training and modern equipment.
It will also be growing its trained strength with fresh incentives such as increasing pay through a paid annual leave entitlement and giving better access to welfare support and health services.
Reservists and local communities up and down the country are backing the Army’s recruitment campaign by putting on hundreds of events nationwide throughout the Autumn to demonstrate to the public what the Army Reserve is all about.
The events are part of a wider recruitment campaign which aims to encourage new recruits into both the regular Army and the Army Reserve.
Reservists typically train for one night per week and often at weekends plus, in many cases, attend an annual two week training exercise.
The minimum commitment is generally 27 days training per annum, though it is 19 days for some specialist units.
For further information about the exciting career opportunities available in the Army Reserve why not search ‘Join the Army Reserve’ or visit http://www.army.mod.uk/join/.