Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Army to hold military jobs fair

An Army jobs fair is being held at Kinnegar Barracks

A Typhoon fighter simulator and a Scimitar light tank will be on display at a massive military jobs fair this weekend.

The two-day event at Kinnegar Barracks, Holywood, will also give would-be soldiers a chance to speak with some of the rank and file.

Colonel Nick Tougher, the senior TA officer in Northern Ireland, said: "A career with the Army provides soldiers and officers with first-class training and access to further skills and qualifications, as well as an active lifestyle and the opportunity for travel and adventure.

"We think this is a great way to demonstrate and show people in Northern Ireland about the vast amount of opportunities available.

"There is unparalleled training, opportunity for travel, development of personal skills and great teamwork all in the knowledge that you are doing something beneficial to help the community."

The jobs fair is part of a major recruitment drive for the regular and reserve forces. More than 400 men and women from Northern Ireland have signed up for the Army over the past year.

Col Tougher said there were more opportunities in engineering, logistics, medical, transport, signals and administration.

Currently, hundreds of soldiers from Northern Ireland are deployed on operations across the world.

Medics from 204 Field Hospital (V) are running the field hospital at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, soldiers from 152 Transport Regiment have recently returned from providing frontline support across Afghanistan, and members of the Royal Irish Regiment will soon deploy to Mali alongside elements of the Irish Defence Forces.

The jobs fair will run from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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