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Army roadshow drums up recruits with sniper rifles

PUBLISHED: 18:07 18 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:38 05 October 2010

Recruiting at the Army's roadshow

Recruiting at the Army's roadshow

ARMY top brass stepped up their recruitment in East London with a roadshow this week when they invited the public to fire state-of-the-art SA80 BB rifles down a snipers' alley they had set up. The idea was to give potential recruits a taste of life in the military for the day when the roadshow came to the Shoreditch TA centre

Mike Brooke

ARMY top brass stepped up their recruitment in East London with a roadshow this week when they invited the public to fire state-of-the-art SA80 BB rifles down a snipers’ alley they had set up.

The idea was to give potential recruits a taste of life in the military for the day.

The roadshow came to the Shoreditch TA centre at Worship Street, one of eight venues across London which attracted 250 people interest in Army careers.

“We decided to run a travelling roadshow rather than expect people to come to one event like last year,” explained an Army spokesman.

“It seems to have worked. We’ve had a lot of interest with people who haven’t just come through the door to have a look—many have taken the next step and signed up.”

The TA centre at Shoreditch is home’ to 3MI, the Military Intelligence battalion vital for military ops around the globe.

Thursday’s roadshow also recruited for the more traditional Honourable Artillery Company near Moorgate, in the City, the oldest regiment in the British Army originally known as The Gentlemen of the Artillery Garden’ after its practice ground in Spitalfields.

The Company was established as Pikemen and Musketeers in 1537 under a Charter from Henry VIII for the better increase of the Defence of this our Realm and maintenance of the Science of shooting Long Bows, Cross Bows and Hand Guns.’ The longbows have long since gone.

Wannabe soldiers can sign up online at: www.armyjobs.mod.uk/london

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