ready to serve: Scores of young men at the gates leading to the North Eastern College, Sangre Grande, during a Trinidad and Tobago Regiment Recruitment Drive yesterday morning. —Photo: ROBERT TAYLOR
500 turn up for Regiment recruitment drive
APPROXIMATELY 500 hopefuls turned up at the North Eastern College in Sangre Grande from around 6.30 yesterday morning as the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment continued its recruitment drive to fill 78 vacancies.
According to Major Jozette McLean, yesterday morning's 500 has to be added to the 600 who turned up in Arima last week as well as the 1,200 men and women that turned up in Barataria recently in their bid to join the Regiment.
"We are raising our entry requirements this year," beamed Major McLean who said that their latest recruitment drive will seek to find the best candidates possible to fill the four branches of the Regiment namely its Logistics, Infantry, Engineering and Administration branches.
"This new recruitment drive ties into the whole system of developing the professional soldier because now we are working with a higher degree of technology and along with free education this will all influence the way we are going to be doing things," said Major McLean.
She said that although they did not get the large volume of applicants that the Police Service received recently they were "very satisfied" with the approximately 2,300 who applied so far. She also explained that their recruitment drive will be taken to Tobago as well.
"It is not about brawn anymore but rather we want a quality soldier who would have the capacity to deal with all sorts of scenarios because although we are not the police we do tend to be operating more and more in the public's eye," she said.