Leeds: First five recruits of the year sign up for Army

The recession has seen a boost in numbers of tradesmen signing up for the Armed Forces in the Leeds area.

Despite the risks and challenges involved, recruitment is bouyant and better than expected with sign up targets being reached months ahead of deadline.

These five men from the Leeds area are the first of 2011 to sign up.

They will join a range of careers with the Rifles, The Yorkshire Regiment, Royal Engineers and Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

They swore the Oath of Allegiance at the Leeds area Army recruiting office, yesterday, as family and friends looked on.

The new recruits are: Kieron Jarrett, 22, of Woodlesford, and Vipin Gupta, 25, living in Leeds but originally from New Delhi in India, both joining the Yorkshire Regiment.

William Greene, 22, of Ilkley, signed up for the Royal Engineers and will work in terrain analysis.

Christopher Moon, 21, of Addingham, joined The Rifles. He said: "I am excited and want to get started."

Thomas Keenan, 20, of Seacroft, is joining the Royal Electrical And Mechanical Engineers (REME). His proud mum Jackie said: "He has persevered and worked hard to get in."

Thomas added: "I am looking forward to the challenge, it's going to be different from working in an office."

Susan and Michael Robinson and little sister Chantel, of Woodlesford, attended the ceremony to see Kieron Jarrett sworn in.

His dad added: "He is doing great and we are pleased and proud of him. We wish him the best."

Senior recruitment warrant Officer Class 2 Steve Harriman, said: "Recruitment is bouyant. Due to the recession we have seen lots of people with trade skills signing up." He said plumbing, electrical and construction skills were welcomed.

Major Graham Milson, area recruiting officer for West Yorkshire, added: "There is much more to the Army than just the frontline."

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