A GROUP of 10 youngsters is getting a good insight into army life by carrying out a military preparation course at Scarborough’s TA Centre in Coldyhill Lane.
During the six-month course participants undergo arduous physical training regimes and well as regular kit inspections.
Frank McMahon, from YH Training Services Ltd in Falsgrave Road, said the training was a good preparation for passing the Army’s strict selection test – 15 out of 20 participants have been successful in passing the Army selection test in the past year.
He said: “They have to get to a certain physical fitness standard. To be selected for the Army they would have to stand up in front of the selection board and do a four minute presentation about themselves.
And Robert Goodwill, the MP for Scarborough, visited the centre earlier this month to find out more about the course.
Mr McMahon said they were looking for more recruits, including those who had recently left school, in the very near future. He added: “We can now take up to 15 recruits.”
Recruits are expected to maintain military standards with their kit, they wear fatigues while on the course and laundry facilities are provided.
Mr McMahon said: “They do all sorts of physical training. They do various exercises – including running and working with the medicine ball – to get fit.
“They’ve got to keep their kit in good order. They have got to make sure their boots and uniforms are spic and span –as anyone would have to in the Army.
“It’s excellent preparation for them for the Army and excellent preparation for the world of work.”
The company took over running the course in March and for further information about the course contact 0800 5422848 or visit www.yh-group.co.uk