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British Army recruiting: No Vacancies

British Army recruiting: No Vacancies
June 20
11:00 2017

British High Commissioner to Fiji, Melanie Hopkins yesterday confirmed that there are no vacancies in the British Army recruitment.

Ms Hopkins made the comment following recent coverage in Fiji and on social media regarding Fijian nationals who have gone to the UK to undergo selection for the British Army.

The British Army recruitment has updated its website to inform potential Commonwealth applicants that there are currently no further vacancies.

“The Army has made it clear to applicants that any invitation to come to the UK to attend the assessment phase of the recruitment process would be at the candidate’s own expense,” Ms Hopkins said.

“Any invitation to come is at the individual’s expense and there is no guarantee or offer of a role in the army until each phase of the process is being successfully completed,” she said.

“Until these parameters are met, there can be no assistance with any visa application. The Home Office will not normally extend visas for applicants who don’t have a confirmed start date for training.”

Ms Hopkin’s advice to any Fijian is to keep following the UK Ministry of Defence website, and if decides to pursue an application to the British Army, they need to get into this knowing full well that at each stage there is no guarantee to get through automatically.

Ms Hopkins also urged all Fijians who were invited for interviews and assessment to the UK and whose visas are about to expire to return to Fiji and wait for suitable opportunities to arise.

“Not returning on time can have implications, including not being able to return to the UK for further processes,” she said.

However, she was pleased to hear that Fijians are keen to join the British Armed Forces and the British Army receives such an overwhelming response when opportunities arise.

The BHC however asks all applicants to ensure that they are aware of cost implications when applying. These processes take time and can take more than six months.

“The Army keeps its recruiting policy under review, and makes changes as necessary. Any changes will be updated on their website.”

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola



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