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Tony swaps recruitment office for the battlefield
11:50am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
LIVING under canvas and covered in camouflage cream was just some of the things that attracted a recruitment officer to be a gunner.
Tony Green, from Warrington, decided to become a gunner in the Territorial Army unit and along with more than 100 other soldiers from 103rd Regiment Royal Artillery, took part in Exercise Leopard Star, the annual deployment camp for the regiment.
Tony said: “My day job is as a recruitment officer for Marks and Spencer and coming out with the TA provides a real change.
“This exercise will help with our role as the TA becomes the Army Reserves.”
In 2018, the roles in the British Army are set to change.
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Jordan, commanding officer of 103rd Regiment, recognised the changes as being a step forward and explained: “Army 2020 and Future Reserves 2020 formalises the relationship we have always had with our regular regiments.
“This adds a greater sense of purpose to the soldiers and their training as they can see when their skills will be required to support training and operations.”
Under Army 2020, the 103rd Regiment is on track with its recruiting and training in preparation for the transition.
Tony was keen to emphasise the variety and support that the TA can provide and added: “I am really enjoying it here. It provides an all round experience.”
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