The final assessment night to join the summer Recruit Camp for the island’s military will be held next week.
Major Duncan Simons, the Royal Bermuda Regiment’s Career Management Officer, said signing up for uniformed service offered a string of advantages, including good rates of pay and the chance of adventure and overseas exercises.
Maj. Simons added: “The RBR is the best second job in Bermuda – people join for the experience, the camaraderie, the travel and the chance to learn new skills.
“It’s also very well-paying and offers a clear path for many years.”
The assessment – which includes an interview, medical and fitness test – will be held next Tuesday night at the Royal Bermuda Regiment’s Warwick Camp.
Maj. Simons said that successful graduates of the Recruit Camp, which will run from July 3 to July 16, would be expected to commit to a two-week annual camp, some weekend training exercises and regular drill nights at Warwick Camp.
He emphasised: “It is not a huge commitment, but the potential rewards are enormous, for the individuals as well the people they serve.”
He added that anyone thinking about a life in uniform should not be scared of the fitness tests.
Maj. Simons said: “It shouldn’t frighten people who are of average fitness or put them off joining.
“The main reason we have the test is to ensure that people don’t get injured during training and have to drop out and that they enter the camp with the ability to attain the fitness levels we require.”
Maj. Simons highlighted the RBR’s support in the battle against Covid-19, which also offered soldiers useful replacement income after many jobs were disrupted because of restrictions.
He said: “The RBR plays a central role in ensuring the country’s resilience in the face of problems, whether it’s the latest crisis or the hurricanes we deal with regularly.
“Anyone who steps up to serve in the Regiment will help ensure the safety and security of Bermuda.”
Maj. Simons added: “The regiment continues to provide a platform for personal development, whether it be learning new skills, working as a team, or developing as a leader.
“This experience translates directly in the civilian lives of our soldiers, to their benefit and to the benefit of entire country.”
Basic soldiers can earn up to $5,000 a year, including bonuses, during their first year alone and educational opportunities are also available.
The assessment night will start at 6pm and last no more than two hours.
Potential recruits should wear or bring sports clothes for the fitness part of the process, as well as have their passport, social insurance number and bank details.
Maj. Simons said it was recommended that potential recruits should visit the RBR’s website and start the application process from there.
For an application form, visit https://www.bermudaregiment.bm/join-us.
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