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British army recruits rise as Covid seems to act as ‘rallying cry’

Promise of secure career and chance to help out with UK testing and vaccines may be behind rise

The British army says it is on track to meet its annual recruitment target for only the second time in eight years amid tentative signs that the pandemic crisis has acted as a “rallying cry to serve”.

With nearly three months to go before the recruiting year ends in March, a total of 7,719 young people have signed up. That represents 78% of the numbers required, giving army chiefs confidence that the goal will be achieved.

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