Surge in Army job applicants

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APPLICATIONS to join the Army have risen by 14 per cent over the last five years, but a South Yorkshire MP and former soldier has warned cuts to troop numbers could leave many disappointed.

Dan Jarvis, who was a Major in the Parachute Regiment, said despite the risk in Afghanistan he believes the armed forces are ‘still a fantastic career for young people’.

But he added ‘the level of cuts to the armed forces’ could mean a diminishing number of jobs available.

“This is now another avenue that is being closed to young people and that is a great tragedy,” he said.

There have been 11,315 applications from people wanting to join up over the last year in Yorkshire and the Humber, a rise of 14 per cent on 2007, when 9,991 applications were made. The waiting list to join some Army trades has grown from two months to 18.