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British Army launches Reserve recruitment drive on the Isle of Man

The British Army is holding a recruitment drive across the Isle of Man from 25th July to 1st August to demonstrate the wide variety of paid opportunities to people seeking a challenge, adventure or training in their spare-time.

Members of the Isle of Man Army Reserve will be in Castletown, Port Erin, Ramsey, Peel, Onchan and Douglas on the 26th and 27th July to talk to the public about the opportunities available in the Army Reserve. A drill night will be held on the 27th July from 19:30-21:00 at the Army Reserve Centre in Lord Street Douglas where people interested in finding out more can come along and speak to local soldiers. The week-long recruitment drive will conclude with a display by the Red Devils on 31 July at 19:00 at the war memorial in Douglas. Seven different Army Reserve units/corps will be involved, including the 4th Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, 4th Battalion the Parachute Regiment, 103 Regiment Royal Artillery, 146 Royal Logistics Corps, 6 Armyrats © Military Intelligence Battalion, 3 Medical Regiment and 75 Engineer Regiment. Major General John Crackett, Director Reserves, said: Too many young people aren t considering the Army Reserve because of false preconceptions: from thinking they don t have enough time to be a reservist to believing that they will have to join for a long time and it s difficult to leave when the reverse is true.

The Army Reserve should be a top choice for all those wanting to make the most of their spare time. This event in Mansfield will help encourage young people to have open and honest conversations with current Reservists about their experiences, discuss any reservations and consider all that The Army Reserve has to offer.

Staff Sergeant Ian Openshaw, 156 Regiment the Royal Logistic Corps, from Douglas, will be taking part in the week-long recruitment drive. He said: I have been in the Army Reserves for 20 years now and I have loved every minute of it. The Reserves has allowed me to travel the world, on both training exercises and operations, where I have made friends for life. The Reserves offers something for everyone, it is an amazing experience.

The recruitment surge is being held to support the British Army s new Reserve recruitment campaign – A Better You – after it was identified that over two thirds of 18-35 year olds felt that the amount of personal sacrifice, of which time is a major factor, was too high.1 With a time commitment from just 19 days a year, much of which is made up of short training evenings during the week, becoming an Army Reservist isn t the big time commitment some may initially imagine and the rewards are huge.

Did you know, as an Army Reserve soldier:

You have opportunities to travel overseas on exercises, sport and peacekeeping, from training in Kenya to supporting the UN in Cyprus.
You can take up adventurous training from mountaineering in the Himalayas, to sky-diving in Florida
You can earn an annual tax free bonus of up to 1,725 and could be eligible for a joining bonus of up to 2,300
You will get paid for all the time that you spend training and your daily pay goes up every year and with each promotion
You will be entitled to a non-contributory pension
You will get one day of paid holiday for every 10 days in training
You only need to commit to 19 days per year for national units and 27 days for regional units
There are over 200 different roles on offer in the Army Reserve such as musicians, carpenters, chaplains, teachers, HR specialists, engineers, vets and dog handlers
You can now gain an apprenticeship as an Army Reserve and the Army might even pay for you to get your LGV driving license, or to gain qualifications such as, City & Guilds qualifications

For more information about becoming an Army reservist, search Army Reserve.

ENDS

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