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Step Up As An Army Musician To Fill One Of 10000 Army Jobs

Published in General on 2013-07-23 by Empty Chairs

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Musicians are being asked to step up and perform with the Corp of Army Musicians as part of a wider Army campaign to recruit 10,000 new soldiers in the coming year.

The “Step Up” campaign aims to dispel the misconception that the Army is not hiring as new statistics reveal that only half of all people surveyed realised that the Army is looking for new recruits.

Research shows that the opportunity to learn new skills and gain new qualifications is the top reason that 19% of respondents would consider a career with the Army.

7% specifically stated they wanted to join the Army to learn or apply a specialist trade, for example as an Army musician in the Corps of Army Musicians (CAMUS). The research also revealed that 5% of people were interested in joining the Army in a music and ceremonial role.

CAMUS offers professional musicians the opportunity to gain diplomas and degrees, subsidised by the Army, the chance to play alongside some of the world's best musicians in one of 22 Regular Army bands based throughout the United Kingdom, as well as extensive travel opportunities performing at venues and arenas around the world. Taught by some of Britain’s leading instrumental and academic professors, band members will benefit from the chance to perform in a variety of musical ensembles playing varied musical genres, while also being given the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sporting and adventurous training activities.

Musician Cameron Lever, 18, from Worksop in Nottingham is currently completing his Phase 2 training with CAMUS. He said, “Training and serving with the British Army has improved my confidence and given me pride in myself – both professionally and personally. I have felt honoured to play alongside some of the country’s best musicians, and I hope to be involved in the WW1 100th anniversary next year. I’d encourage anyone thinking about a role as a musician with the Army to take that positive first step to find out more.”

Brigadier Andrew Jackson, the Director of Recruiting and Training for the Army said:

“We are always looking for talented young people to take up the challenge of a career in the Army. No matter what your skills or background, the Army has something to offer you and an Army job provides opportunities to learn much more than just military skills. It will develop you and show you strengths that you didn't know you had.

“No matter what its size, the Army is always recruiting to ensure we have enough quality junior ranks and young officers to sustain the organisation and keep it ready for the challenges of the future. We pride ourselves on recruiting individuals who demonstrate talent and promise, and then provide them with all the training and development opportunities they need.”

Recruiting remains one of the Army’s highest priorities. The Army offers a wide variety of jobs for both soldiers and officers, in the Regular and Territorial Army, with over 200 different roles available. For more information about the exciting job opportunities with the Army, visit http://www.army.mod.uk/join/StepUp or call 0845 600 8080.

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