Burnley sergeant's online drive for soldiers

AN ARMY sergeant from Burnley has taken part in a groundbreaking ‘web chat’ as part of a new military recruitment drive.

Sgt David Barnes, 35, talked to would-be squaddies about his 18-year career in the armed forces via Facebook last night He currently serves as an instructor with the Royal Military School of Music, preparing recruits for their dep- loyments to bands across the service.

But the former Colne Primet High student has also served for 15 years with the Royal Engineers Band and has worked in turning around the lives of young offenders during a 15-month assignment.

Sgt Barnes said: “I wanted to join the Army for the career prospects that it offered and for the life experience that I simply wouldn’t get anywhere else.

“Being in the Army gives you so many opportunities and there are plenty of exciting challenges. It’s great to now have the opportunity to share my experience by talking to potential recruits and encouraging them to take the next step too.”

The sergeant was on hand to answer questions about his own experiences and offer advice on finding the right role for each potential recruit.

Currently, the Army is looking to take on 17,000 new troops, from the regulars to the reserves.

But earlier this year it closed its two East Lancashire recruiting offices, in Burnley and Blackburn, and is now looking increasingly to online initiatives.

The full-time Army is being cut from around 102,000 to 82,000, with the reserve force swelling from around 19,000 to 30,000.

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9:55pm Fri 6 Dec 13

mavrick says...

You could not make it up, I thought it was April fools day, we are making thousands of highly trained full time soldiers redundant, I rest my case.
You could not make it up, I thought it was April fools day, we are making thousands of highly trained full time soldiers redundant, I rest my case. mavrick

9:45am Sat 7 Dec 13

DaveBurnley says...

mavrick wrote:
You could not make it up, I thought it was April fools day, we are making thousands of highly trained full time soldiers redundant, I rest my case.
But new ones are cheap compared to the highly trained veterans who they are getting rid of.
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: You could not make it up, I thought it was April fools day, we are making thousands of highly trained full time soldiers redundant, I rest my case.[/p][/quote]But new ones are cheap compared to the highly trained veterans who they are getting rid of. DaveBurnley

12:02pm Sat 7 Dec 13

andy1 says...

Saves pensions and penny pinching is what it is all about. It will not work no disrespect to any TA member who do a great job. The volunteers are a good bunch of people but many quit with the pressure of full time jobs and finding time to commit. Ill thought scheme by this stupid Government.
Saves pensions and penny pinching is what it is all about. It will not work no disrespect to any TA member who do a great job. The volunteers are a good bunch of people but many quit with the pressure of full time jobs and finding time to commit. Ill thought scheme by this stupid Government. andy1

5:48pm Tue 10 Dec 13

squaddie1 says...

DaveBurnley wrote:
mavrick wrote: You could not make it up, I thought it was April fools day, we are making thousands of highly trained full time soldiers redundant, I rest my case.
But new ones are cheap compared to the highly trained veterans who they are getting rid of.
they are not getting rid of veterans soley, they are getting rid of people who have done 4 years upto 20 years.
and believe me they aint making it up.
[quote][p][bold]DaveBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: You could not make it up, I thought it was April fools day, we are making thousands of highly trained full time soldiers redundant, I rest my case.[/p][/quote]But new ones are cheap compared to the highly trained veterans who they are getting rid of.[/p][/quote]they are not getting rid of veterans soley, they are getting rid of people who have done 4 years upto 20 years. and believe me they aint making it up. squaddie1

8:56am Wed 11 Dec 13

DaveBurnley says...

squaddie1 wrote:
DaveBurnley wrote:
mavrick wrote: You could not make it up, I thought it was April fools day, we are making thousands of highly trained full time soldiers redundant, I rest my case.
But new ones are cheap compared to the highly trained veterans who they are getting rid of.
they are not getting rid of veterans soley, they are getting rid of people who have done 4 years upto 20 years.
and believe me they aint making it up.
It's all about cutting costs isn't it. Soon we will have more armchair warriors in Whitehall than there are service personnel,
[quote][p][bold]squaddie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DaveBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: You could not make it up, I thought it was April fools day, we are making thousands of highly trained full time soldiers redundant, I rest my case.[/p][/quote]But new ones are cheap compared to the highly trained veterans who they are getting rid of.[/p][/quote]they are not getting rid of veterans soley, they are getting rid of people who have done 4 years upto 20 years. and believe me they aint making it up.[/p][/quote]It's all about cutting costs isn't it. Soon we will have more armchair warriors in Whitehall than there are service personnel, DaveBurnley

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