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Last chance to be assessed for next Regiment recruit camp

New soldiers step out during a 2021 Royal Bermuda Regiment recruit camp

The Royal Bermuda Regiment is on the lookout for fresh recruits for its next camp.

A spokesman said the RBR will host its next recruit camp from July 3 to July 16 and would hold its final assessment night for candidates from 6pm today.

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.

“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,” he said.

“It’s also very well paying and offers a clear path for many years.”

The assessment, to be held at Warwick Camp, will include an interview along with a medical and fitness test.

Successful graduates of the recruit camp would be expected to commit to a two-week annual camp, some weekend training exercises and regular drill nights at Warwick Camp.

Major Simons said: “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.

“It shouldn’t frighten people who are of average fitness or put them off joining,” Major Simons said.

“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.”

Major 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.”

Major 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.

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.

Potential recruits should visit the RBR website and start the application process from there.

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Published May 31, 2022 at 7:43 am (Updated May 31, 2022 at 7:42 am)

Last chance to be assessed for next Regiment recruit camp

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