Campaign starts to recruit reservists

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THE commanding officer of the area’s naval reserve unit is calling on people to find out more about the life of reservists.

The Royal Naval Reserve has launched a campaign to encourage more reservists.

A series of recruitment days are being held, starting tomorrow, with the aim of signing up 200 recruits over three years. The events will offer visitors the chance to find out more about life as a reservist, watch reservists train, and speak to those who have signed up.

The commanding officer of Portsmouth-based HMS King Alfred, Commander Anthony Stickland, said: ‘I’m hoping to see a lot of potential recruits turning up and finding out about our way of life. There will be some demonstrations of what we do and a dynamic force protection exercise on board HMS Bristol.’

Reserves need to be able to commit the equivalent of 24 days a year for training, which can include evenings and at weekends and one two-week training course.

All reservists are paid for their time.

The Royal Navy has been given the task of recruiting an extra 1,500 reservists at its 22 units across the UK over the next three years.

The first event is tomorrow at HMS King Alfred, on Whale Island, from 10am to 4pm.

To attend, call 08456 00 32 22, and for more see royalnavy.mod.uk/navyreserves.

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