Colwyn Bay’s Territorial Army Centre in Groes Road is opening its doors to prospective recruits on Tuesday 23 October in a move to increase the number of soldiers in its platoon.
The event is part of an extensive recruitment campaign to encourage new recruits to the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Welsh Territorial Army (TA). The TA plays a key role maintaining the strength of the British Army. This year alone, Colwyn Bay’s D Company 3 Royal Welsh has recruited 35 additional soldiers and has another 40 going through the application process.
The Territorial Army (TA) allows people to serve the Army in their spare time, combining full time studies or career with the military. The exciting and challenging training regime, often alongside regular soldiers, prepares them to be ready at short notice to serve alongside their Regular Army counterparts. TA soldiers are paid the same per day as their regular counterparts - which is a minimum of 27 days a year.
The open evening is being backed by Colour Sergeant Danny Crookes of D Company. With 13 years’ experience as a TA soldier this year he completed what is known as The Toughest Footrace on Earth – The Marathon des Sables.
Colour Sergeant Danny Crookes said, “The open evening will give people an insight into Territorial Army life. As well as developing teamwork, leadership and learning new skills which can help in civilian life, life in the Royal Welsh can provide people with the opportunity to conduct adventurous training and support regular soldiers on Operations. We will be showing attendees behind the scenes of a TA Centre and shedding some light about the many opportunities that life as a TA soldier can bring.”
The Open Evening will include a formal brief on the expectations, training procedure and opportunities of the TA, a tour of the centre, and the chance to talk to serving soldiers.
The Royal Welsh are looking particularly for young people aged 18-30 who are keen to increase their teamwork and leadership potential as well as learn new skills through military and adventurous training. Full training is given for all the roles required, including a minimum of six training weekends as well as two weeks at Catterick in Yorkshire for those joining as infantry soldiers.
For more information on life as a TA soldier see www.army.mod.uk/join or search Facebook Army Jobs Wales. To book a place at the Open Evening, call 01492 532304 or email 3RWELSH-DCOY-TAR2@mod.uk.