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Regiment welcomes 20 volunteers to recruit camp

In the army now: Royal Bermuda Regiment recruits will be introduced to shooting and much more over the next two weeks at Warwick Camp (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Across from Warwick Camp today, the start of Recruit Camp 2023 began with loved ones gathered beside South Road as Bermuda’s latest cohort of volunteer soldiers made their way through the gates to begin their service.

Sixteen stood at the ready well before the scheduled 11am to noon reception, with officers of the Royal Bermuda Regiment looking on.

The calm was a far cry from the boisterous introduction to the regiment of bygone times – when recruit numbers were far greater but the majority were conscripted.

Major Preston Gill said: “This year we have a smaller camp – we are anticipating 20 soldiers but will have to confirm as recruits come in through the gate.

“We have a good, honed two-week package. Today they come in, get their uniforms and barracks assigned and we start off.

“Activities to come are the drills, daily fitness, the standards and values of the regiment and its history. We will have field time and introductory shooting – a chance to be impressed into military life.”

Sergeant Major Kevin Pilgrim told The Royal Gazette he simply looked forward to seeing another successful recruit camp.

The RBR has been a volunteer force since 2018 and is “always recruiting”, Major Gill said – with the next camp slated for July.

Anyone legally working on the island with an interest in service can learn more on the regiment’s website.

Major Gill added: “They will like this opportunity to get fitness, great pay, world-class training and the ability to network with others.”

Camp lasts until February 24, with dismissal set for 6.30pm.

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Published February 13, 2023 at 7:49 am (Updated February 13, 2023 at 7:49 am)

Regiment welcomes 20 volunteers to recruit camp

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