Grantham TA unit to take part in massive open weekend in Nottingham

Training with the TA. Photo: Adrian Myers
Training with the TA. Photo: Adrian Myers

This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and 13, Grantham-based 162 Movement Control Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, will join 11 other Territorial Army (TA) units to take over the Market Square in Nottingham City Centre.

They will put on a massive combined TA Open Weekend to demonstrate to the public what the TA is all about. Infantrymen, medics, drivers, gunners, engineers, and signallers will come together to showcase what they do.

162 Movement Control Regiment is the only Territorial Army Regiment dedicated to planning and executing the controlled movement of personnel, stores and equipment around the world in support of military operations. But, in addition to reserving space on ships and aircraft, members will also be in the thick of it at the Air or Sea Point of Departure or Arrival making sure plans come together and troops and their kit are properly loaded and get to their destinations.

Each unit will be bringing a range of specialist equipment and supplies to put on demonstrations and educate the public about the role of the Territorial Army and its importance in the British Armed Forces. Stands will include weapons displays, armoured vehicles, a mobile bridge called a Medium Girder Over Bridge (MGOB), assault boats, a Royal Artillery Light Gun, an air portable dozer and a lightweight tractor.

The event is part of an extensive recruitment campaign to encourage new recruits. The TA plays a key role maintaining the strength of the British Army. The TA allows people to serve in the Army in their spare time, combining full time studies or a career with the military.

The exciting and challenging training regime, often alongside regular soldiers, prepares them to be ready at short notice to serve alongside their Regular Army counterparts. TA soldiers are paid the same per day as their regular counterparts, and if you complete the minimum training requirement, you receive a tax-free bonus.

Sergeant Craig Barker said: “This is going to be a fantastic weekend. It’s really important for the Territorial Army to showcase their skills, and to show the very varied roles that are available. If you want to find out what the TA is, and want to find out about the different jobs you can learn to do, then speak to the officers and soldiers who are there. They will be able to give you first-hand experience about what it’s like to be in the TA as well as the benefits that come with it.

“Many people interested in joining one of our Territorial Army units may not be sure which is best suited to them. By bringing them all together in the same place at the same time, visitors will be able to chat with soldiers from a variety of disciplines and perhaps find the one that best suits their skills and interests.”

The open weekend takes place between 10am and 4pm on both days.

Recruiting remains one of the Army’s highest priorities and there are many roles available in the area from infantry soldiers, medics, engineers, signallers, gunners, chefs and drivers. The TA offers a wide variety of careers for both soldiers and officers with over 200 different roles available.

For further information about the exciting career opportunities available in the Army visit www.armyjobs.mod.uk