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7 SCOTS – the local Army Reserves for the Highlands and Islands – are visiting Oban and Fort William later this month as part of a recruitment drive.
The Army Reserves, formerly known as the Territorial Army, offer a variety of roles and jobs all of which can be undertaken in people’s spare time, while at the same time providing an income stream.
Sergeant Tommy Stewart, from 7 SCOTS, said there are a number of myths surround the reserves. He said: ‘The Army Reserves are volunteers who typically give 27 days a year.
‘One myth is that once you join you will be sent on overseas operations. Nothing could be further from the truth. An individual, if they so wish,
may be able to serve with their regular counterparts on an overseas deployment, but this is an agreement made between the person, their family and their work.
‘Another myth is that it’s a boys drinking club. Reserves are simply a group of men and women – females make up more than 10 per cent of the reserves – who simply want a little more out of life, be that travel, adventure, a chance to do something they simply could not do in their normal life while at the same time being paid.
‘Flexibility is the key word. The army recognises that we all lead busy lives and free time is very precious, but the reserves can be a rewarding experience, and we are not just talking money here. Learning new life skills, like been paid to learn to drive, is just one example. Making new friends and challenging yourself in ways you never dreamed of are also what the Army Reserves can give you.
‘Travel and adventure is still a big part of what the reserves do. In 2017, members of 7 SCOTS had had members in the Singapore, Hong Kong, Sweden, Cyprus, France, USA and Gibraltar, taking part in events like hockey, sailing, skiing and scuba diving as well as other activities.
‘If you want to know a little more about doing something positive with your spare time, while earning spare cash – you could earn over £4,000 in the first year – come along to the next event in Cameron Square, Fort William, on Tuesday January 23 from noon to 4pm and at the joint Cadets Drill Hall on Croft Road, Fort William, at 6pm the same day.
‘We will be at the North Pier in Oban the following day, Wednesday January 24 from noon to 3pm.
‘If you need any more details, contact me at Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org.’