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Students stand to attention for huge Army careers event

Over 2,000 pupils set to attend

By Victoria O'Hara

The army will attempt to seduce thousands of young people into a career in the forces this weekend, as the biggest ever display of weaponry and kit shown in the province opens.

Tanks including the Challenger 2, guns, helicopters and simulators will all form part of the event at Massereene Barracks in Antrim on Saturday.

Over 2,100 students from over 60 schools and colleges are registered to attend.

Lieutenant Colonel Dick Rafferty, who heads the Army recruiting team in Northern Ireland, said: "The Army Careers Exhibition is traditionally a very well attended event, but I believe the arena display which we are incorporating this year will make it even more popular.

"As the main battle tank of the British Army, the Challenger 2 has seen recent service in Afghanistan and Iraq. Also amongst the military hardware will be the Warrior, the Infantry's own armoured fighting vehicle."

Young people will also be able to find out more about the 140 careers available in the Army.

The exhibition takes place from 11am till 3pm on Saturday.

Anyone interested in attending should register by calling 028 9042 5717 and bring photographic identification.

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