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RBR to open up to the public

Open House: the Royal Bermuda Regiment will open up to the public this weekend to spread the word about what a career in the RBR has to offer (File photograph)

The Royal Bermuda Regiment is to host an open house on Saturday.

The public will get the chance to visit Warwick Camp, talk to soldiers about their roles and check out the kit and equipment used by different arms of the island’s defence force.

“It’s to give the public an opportunity to get a look behind the scenes of the regiment so they can have a better idea of what life, and the potential careers available in the regiment, look like,” RBR Adjutant Captain Duncan Simons said.

Members of the public will be able to talk to serving soldiers and officers from specialities such as the Band and Corps of Drums, Medics, Boat Troop, Motor Transport, Communications, the Operational Support Unit and Guns and Assault Pioneers.

Captain Simons said: “Our soldiers are our best advertisement but we want a whole range of people to come and see us, not just people thinking about joining the regiment.

“It’s about spreading the word, getting increased awareness of the regiment and the range of valuable services we provide for Bermuda.”

He added: “We’re very open and ready to discuss what we do, especially in the context of Government wishing to pull back on conscription. The onus is on us to be as open as possible to maximise the number of volunteers we attract.

“If people have any misconceptions, this is a great opportunity for them to come in to see what the real deal is.”

Information on pay, conditions of service and bonuses in the RBR, which last week was named in the Top Ten Employers in Bermuda by The Royal Gazette’s The Bottom Line magazine, will also be available for potential recruits.

The open house starts at 2pm.