Drive for new recruits into Territorial Army in Lincolnshire
A drive to recruit hundreds more people into the Territorial Army in Lincolnshire has been launched.
The force needs to take on the extra men and women to help national TA numbers reach 30,000 by 2018.
People can earn thousands of pounds a year on top of their normal salaries by signing up.
It is hoped dozens of new recruits will be taken on in Lincolnshire by the end of 2013, including around 40 by April.
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Corporal Richard Crosby, the TA liaison officer for Lincolnshire, said the recruitment drive would see the force double the number of its deployable soldiers.
He said: "Someone can become a different person through the TA.
"If someone wants to achieve something but needs some extra motivation, we can help them.
"Or if someone is bored of their job and is looking for a bit of excitement, come to us and we will pay them to get it," he added.
TA recruits, who must be aged between 18 and 43, are required to complete a minimum of 27 days training per year.
They are paid for each day they do and can attend two-week camps as well as the 12 standard training weekends a year.
Members are also paid for deployments, which can range from short domestic activities to a full year of duty overseas.
People completing training can earn up to around £6,000 a year, depending on their rank and how much time they commit.
Those on full-time overseas deployments can earn between £17,000 and £25,000 for a year's work. Employers are obliged to allow workers to volunteer to go out on deployments.
Corporal Crosby said: "We want to recruit quality people that are not going to give up, because there are opportunities for people that want to throw themselves into it.
"We can be very flexible and work around people's normal jobs, and we can put people in areas where they use the skills their already have.
"People can improve their fitness, learn skills in teamwork, build confidence, travel abroad, meet great people that will be friends for life and get paid for doing it.
"You can also be deployed with the Regular Army as well as going out on the training weekends.
"It can be massively exciting."
The TA offers opportunities for people in a range of professions, including engineering, personal training, communications, media and administration.
Corporal Crosby added if self-employed tradesmen were having difficulty finding work for short periods and were in the TA, they could apply for short operations that use their skills.
The TA expects to take on ex-Army soldiers as numbers are cut in the next few years.
This month the Government announced 5,300 job losses as part of a plan to reduce Army numbers from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2017.
For more information, visit the Lincoln recruitment office in High Street, opposite the St Marks Tesco Express.
Alternatively, call Corporal Crosby on 01522 524097.