Britain's Army boots have hit the ground as part of a brand new "Step Up" recruitment campaign which hit TV screens across the country recently.
The "Step Up" campaign is part of a wider recruiting programme, designed to bring 10,000 new soldiers and officers into the Army over the coming year. It aims to dispel the misconception that the Army is not hiring as new statistics reveal that only half of all people surveyed realised that the Army is looking for new recruits.
There are over 200 different specialist roles available with the Army including careers as a logistician. Research shows that the opportunity to learn new skills and gain new qualifications is the top reason that 19% of respondents would consider a career with the Army.
7% specifically stated they wanted to join the Army to learn or apply a specialist trade for example as a logistician with the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC). The research also revealed that 11% were interested in joining the Army in logistics and support roles.
An Army career with the RLC involves getting the right amount of the right kit to the right people in the right place at the right time. From tanks and ammunition to letters and food – the RLC enables the Army to do its job, and boosts morale along the way.
The RLC also provides recruits with the opportunity to travel, working all over the world on land, at sea and in the air, in mountains, desert, built up areas and jungle terrain.
The RLC is the largest corps in Regular and Territorial Army, with over 16,000 soldiers and officers working and operating in regiments of every type. There are currently over 30 roles available with the RLC including supply specialists, aviation support officers, technical storemen and trainers, port operators and IT systems analysts.
The brand new "Step Up" campaign will target those potential recruits and will feature new TV adverts that show the audience, through the perspective of a pair of iconic Army boots, the potential journey that any soldier might take whilst following a career in the Army and highlighting what it can offer new recruits.
The campaign and the clinics form part of an overhauled system designed to streamline recruitment. Army jobs will now be advertised in job centres, and applicants will be able to apply online from anywhere in the UK. The vast majority of the application process is now done online. All applications are administered through the dedicated National Recruiting Centre, where a mentor is assigned to each applicant to guide him or her through the process of joining the Army.
Brigadier Andrew Jackson, the 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.
"No matter what its size, the Army is always recruiting to ensure we have enough quality junior ranks and young officers to sustain the organisation and keep it ready for the challenges of the future. We pride ourselves on recruiting individuals who demonstrate talent and promise, and then provide them with all the training and development opportunities they need. Today is about helping them take the first step toward a successful career in the Army, and beyond."
For more information about the job opportunities with the Army, visit http://www.army.mod.uk/join/StepUp or call 0845 600 8080.