“With a new year upon us, we have a unique opportunity awaiting anyone looking for a change in their life and towards a chance to challenge themselves, learn special skills and become a proud member of an organisation rooted in heritage and service,” said Minister of National Security Michael Weeks ahead of the Royal Bermuda Regiment’s (RBR) upcoming recruit camp.
The RBR is inviting Bermuda residents between the ages of 18 to 50 to join its ranks and serve Bermuda.
This year’s only recruit intake will undergo initial training from 12-24 February. Anyone interested in joining must do so by 26 January.
Minister Weeks has thrown his full support behind the Regiment’s efforts and calls on residents to sign up. He also stated: “The RBR’s contributions towards the security and resilience of this Island have stood the test of time.
“To be an RBR soldier means more than just wearing the uniform. It represents a dignified commitment to personal development that often results in lasting relationships and opens the door to higher learning and professional development.”
Major Dwight Robinson, the RBR’s Regimental Career Management Officer, stated: “The Regiment is able to accommodate as many recruits as can meet the entry requirements, as many as 60, but we are working towards a platoon-sized intake. It is important that people know that the Regiment is comprised entirely of volunteers. The days of conscription are over, so if someone is interested, they will need to step forward.”
Anyone interested in joining the RBR can visit its website at www.rbr.bm, click on the “Join Us” link and fill out the registration form, or simply call 238-1045 or visit Royal Bermuda Regiment Headquarters at Warwick Camp at 1 South Shore Road, Warwick. Staff will be available to lend assistance and answer any questions.
Major Robinson also stated: “Soldiers begin their career completing the common military syllabus over the initial two-week training period and then continuing on a part-time basis for a further three months before posting to another unit of the Regiment.”
This initial training covers basic soldiering and other areas of military life. Recruits will be challenged physically and mentally but also rewarded in equal measure. Service is on a part-time basis, totalling about a month each year, with an initial commitment of just over three years.
The benefits of military service are many, including:
- Personal and professional development
- Leadership training and development with specific tracks for commissioned and non-commissioned officers.
- Opportunities to travel for training
- Non-military educational support
- Competitive pay
- Networking and establishing life-long connections
Additionally, soldiers have the opportunity to gain experience in jobs across the organisation:
- Infantry soldier,
- Coast Guardsman,
- Motor Mechanic (from Diesel engines to small two-stroke engines),
- Fitness Instruction,
Maj Robinson added: “More than just being a military service, we are a community of people prepared to serve our country in times of need.
“We are able to do this because, over the length of a career, we provide our people with training, new experiences, real responsibility, and continuous challenge, which fosters growth and increased capability. No one else in Bermuda delivers this.”
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