“Troops have been trained and paid by the public during their careers, so it makes sense to get them a job, unlock their potential and pay tax and participate in society instead of sitting on the dole being a drain.” ~Andy McNab

By Ian Drury
14 October 2010

He has risked his life taking part in daring undercover military missions to smash the enemy in warzones including Iraq.

Finely-honed fighting and survival skills have seen him take out top-level enemy targets, lead top-secret counter-terrorism operations and bust drug gangs in the world’s most hostile environments.

But now SAS warrior Andy McNab is taking part in a tough new challenge – to get troops leaving the Army, Royal Navy and RAF into rewarding new jobs.

He is working with specialist recruitment firm ForceSelect to make sure ex-servicemen and women do not end up on the dole or toiling in depressing and demeaning dead-end jobs.

Each year 22,500 people leave the military, many having courageously risked their lives on battlefields serving Britain.

But thousands find it difficult to make a seamless transition to civilian life and struggle to secure jobs which are suited to their specialist skills.

Furthermore, the structure and discipline of military life means many have never even sat through a formal job interview or written CVs – putting them at a disadvantage with prospective employers.

Now ForceSelect is providing employment opportunities, a mentoring service and a charitable foundation to help those leaving the Armed Forced.

Founded by former Army officer Hugh Andrée, the firm also counts Mr McNab, former Chief of the General Staff General Sir Michael Jackson and ex-servicewoman Lucy Wood amongst its directors.

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For more information on the company log onto www.forceselect.com or for the charitable foundation go to www.forceselect.org