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Army will target Jersey in search of new recruits

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JERSEY has ‘untapped potential’ as a recruiting ground for the Army, according to an officer who is due to visit the Island’s schools to promote the opportunities of military life.

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Representatives of the Prince of Wales Royal Regiment, which is trying to re-establish its historical relationship with Jersey, are planning to visit schools at the end of the month to encourage young Islanders to enlist.

And members of the regiment are also due to assist the homeless charity Shelter Trust with their work during their trip.

Lieutenant Tom Claessens said that the regiment wanted to re-establish the Island as a good recruiting zone.

‘Jersey is very much an area of untapped potential for us. We recruit relatively heavily from the Isle of Wight, but are very keen to encourage more young people from Jersey that might be keen to consider joining up,’ he said.

‘We are the regiment that has historically recruited from Jersey but it has been a few years since we have done so. We are trying to go back to our roots in recruiting areas.

‘We are getting in contact with some of the schools and colleges in Jersey and will be talking to 16-to-18-year-olds.’

He added: ‘It [joining the Army] is the chance to do something challenging and a bit unusual. If you are an adventurous sort of person who doesn’t see yourself staying where you grew up, then there are opportunities for you.

‘I think it gives you a great deal of skills which you can take back into civilian life. It also gives you important life skills: discipline, loyalty and having integrity.’

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Lt Claessens added that officers from the regiment would be visiting Victoria College at 2 pm on 30 April to speak to cadets about potential careers in the regiment.

They also hope to visit to Grainville at 10 am on the same day and are trying to arrange talks with other schools and colleges.

On Sunday night they plan to help the Shelter Trust with their work. Lt Claessens said that homelessness was an issue that was close to the heart of many people in the armed forces.

‘There are unfortunately a lot of veterans who end up homeless, so this is something we wanted to help with,’ he said.

‘We will help them out with their soup kitchen or any other tasks they want.’

More details about the the Prince of Wales Royal Regiment, including how to join, can be found at army.mod.uk.

Ian Heath

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