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Territorial Army in Dorchester on the lookout for new recruits
YOUR LOCAL TAs need you. The Territorial Army is launching a recruitment drive in Dorchester and is keen to reach out to the community.
The C Company 6 Rifles is holding recruitment events every Tuesday at its base in Poundbury Road to showcase employment opportunities within the TA.
The events are part of a nationwide campaign to demonstrate what the TA is all about.
With the Ministry of Defence (MOD) currently working on plans to revitalise the TA and rename it the Army Reserve, the organisation is promising that the results will dramatically improve the offer for those wishing to join.
The MOD will be investing an additional £1.8billion in high quality training, increasing pay and providing more modern equipment as well as giving TAs better access to welfare support and health services.
Reservists typically meet for training one night per week with their units, train at weekends and attend an annual two-week training exercise either in the United Kingdom or abroad.
The minimum commitment is 27 days training per year, though it is just 19 days for some specialist units.
From 2015 onwards the commitment will rise to 40 days per annum.
Alex Miller, who is in charge of recruitment for C Company 6 Rifles said the evenings are informal and that the door is ‘always open’ for anyone interested. He said: “Taking that initial first step can often be the hardest. People come up to the gate and it can be a bit scary to make those first enquiries.”
Potential recruits will get the chance to talk to the recruitment team, have a look around the centre and see the Company in training. Director of Army recruiting and training Brigadier Andrew Jackson said: “These events are intended to show people from Dorset that, no matter what your skills or background, the Army has something to offer you and serving with the TA provides opportunities to learn much more beyond military skills.
“It will develop you and show you the strengths you didn't know you had.
“Serving as a professional with the TA is the ideal opportunity for promising individuals to do something extra with their time and benefit from a rewarding experience outside of normal working hours, and the Army prides itself on providing world-class training and development opportunities to enable them to do so.
“No matter what your skill, there’s a role for you in the Army whether it’s as a doctor, dentist, nurse, vet, lawyer, or chaplain.
“A career in the Army allows you to both develop your expertise and enhance your professional career.”
For more information search ‘Join the TA’ online or call 0845 600 8080.
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