Army Step Up campaign comes to Bury St Edmunds

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The Army is linking up with Jobcentre Plus in Bury St Edmunds in a bid to recruit 10,000 more servicemen nationally.

This is part of its Step Up recruitment campaign and on Thursday serving personnel will be on hand at the centre in St Andrew’s Street North to offer advice to people interested in signing up.

The campaign and Jobcentre Plus clinics form part of the Army’s streamlined recruitment whereby Army jobs will be advertised in job centres and applicants will be able to apply online from anywhere in the UK.

The Step Up campaign, which launched on May 20 and focuses on the journey an Army boot takes as someone travels through the service, is aiming to dispel the impression that the Army has stopped recruiting.

Thursday’s recruitment event is part of a series in Suffolk which will encourage people to join up.

New statistics reveal that only half of all people surveyed realised that the Army is looking for new recruits. The survey also revealed that knowing the Army is recruiting would make 17 per cent of people in East Anglia think about it as a career.

Brigadier Andrew Jackson, director of recruiting and training for the Army, said: “We are always looking for talented, young people to take up the challenge of a career in the Army. No matter what your skills or background, the Army has something to offer you and an Army job provides opportunities to learn much more beyond military skills. It will develop you and show you the strengths you didn’t know you had. These statistics show that one in five people would consider joining the Army so we need to encourage those individuals to come forward and find out more about joining us.”

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