2013
18.10

Congratulations!!

ForceSelect have won a ‘Best Enterprise’ Award. The Directors and Management team attended the awards ceremony at The Westbury Hotel in Mayfair and were delighted to win this prestigious award. It’s great to have our efforts recognised in this manner.

ForceSelect is a specialist recruitment consultancy for service leavers and ex-service personnel.

“We believe in the skills and experience that ex-military personnel can offer and it is our objective to provide these men and women with the best and most appropriate career opportunities within UK businesses.”

In August 2009 ForceSelect was delighted when Andy McNab DCM MM agreed to join as a Director of ForceSelect.

For more information about ForceSelect go to their website.

 

2012
04.07

The Sun
24 June 2012

As Armed Forces day nears, SAS legend says civvy street must hire ex-soldiers

By ANDY MCNAB, Sun Security Adviser

JUST back from Afghanistan visiting our troops, I look at the ex-services employment figures and feel desperately frustrated.

It seems particularly difficult for Forces leavers to find work at present and it is not simply down to the recession.

While most of our country stands by “Our Boys and Girls”, there is still a lot of confusion about the day-to-day roles of our servicemen and women within the Army, Navy and RAF.

And a lack of understanding as to what skills they might bring to the table once they have left the services.

Some smart businesses get it. But the majority still view service leavers merely as employees who are good at taking orders, even to the point of being robotic.

They don’t see beyond the camouflage-covered face of the infantry soldier or the old black and white war films they used to watch when they were younger.

They don’t see how the experience of leading men and women or working as part of a strong team translates to a “real world” job. The two most frequently asked interview questions are: “What makes you think running around a desert qualifies you for this job?” or the popular “So, did you kill anyone?”

The problem is bosses in civvy street massively under-estimate the work and leadership skills which make ex-servicemen and women a great recruit.

Service leavers are not victims. They do not want charity. They just want fair access to work.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

2011
21.07

Le Grove – Arsenal Blog
8 July 2011

We have been asked by ForceSelect (the UK’s leading military service leaver recruitment agency) to run a competition for serving military personnel to have lunch at an Arsenal box and enjoy the PSG vs Boca Juniors and the Arsenal vs New York Red Bulls matches at the Emirates Cup. This will include lunch and refreshments.

ForceSelect Director, Andy McNab the best selling author and SAS hero wants to provide experiences like this for people that put their lives on the line for their country, Andy is a supporter of Le Grove and Arsenal Addict and has asked us to help, which of course we are delighted to do.

So if you are in the services and you can answer the following question we will give them to the first 5 that answer it correctly 2 tickets.

Name the 3 managers that signed three Arsenal heroes of the past. Charlie Nicholas, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry and how much they cost!

Remember whatever you think about the conflicts these guys are laying their lives on the line for all of us and deserve to see a great festival of football, let’s just hope we have some decent players on show eh!

Go here for the full article and more information

2011
18.07

The ForceSelect Foundation is planning to embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. this month with notable UK rock stars including Luke Morley of legendary rock band Thunder and the Union to raise funds for small military charities across the UK.

Bestselling author and SAS hero Andy McNab and Brigadier Richard Dennis OBE, the British Army’s Director of Infantry, will form part of the ForceSelect team with Peter Shoulder of the Union, who won the WC Handy Award from the Blues Foundation of America, previously only won by Eric Clapton and Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac.

The road trip sets off from Cranbrook in Canada on July 11 and will take in the stunning scenery including Glacier National Park, thought to be one of the greatest rides in the US. It finishes six days and 1,000 miles later in Ketchum, USA, where there will be a concert to raise further charitable funds.

The ‘Great British Invasion’ concert, which will also raise funds for US and Canadian military charities, will entertain thousands of fans at the Sun Valley Pavilion with bands such as The Union, winners of Classic Rock Awards’ Best New Breakthrough Band 2010, Thunder and Marina V.

The ForceSelect Foundation, which is led by former Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Mike Jackson, raises funds from charity initiatives, corporate and individual donations and a percentage of the profits from leading recruitment consultancy and sister company, ForceSelect to support smaller military charities that are struggling for funding.

Andy McNab said: “I cannot wait to get on the Harley and drive off into the sunset. I’m a great fan of the film Easy Rider and it’s been an ambition of mine for some time to see Canada and the US from a bike. This will be a once in a lifetime experience and something I’m really looking forward to.”

Go here to read the full article

2011
24.03

ForceSelect, the UK’s leading ex-military recruitment consultancy, is celebrating its first birthday this week while Brigadier Richard Dennis OBE, the British Army’s Director of Infantry, has joined the board of the organisation.

ForceSelect are holding an Army Briefing to Business Day at Brigadier Dennis’s base, the HQ Infantry Land Warfare Centre in Warminster, Wiltshire, with companies such as First Group, UPS, Red Lion Foods and Deloitte who will learn about the value military service leavers can bring to their businesses.

The guests will also get a chance to get a feel for the Infantry’s current weapons and vehicles and have tea in the Officers’ Mess.

Brigadier Dennis is also hosting an Afghanistan Training Experience where four teams will take part in competitions including shooting, Counter-IED clearance and night time infiltration exercises. ForceSelect Director Andy McNab will be leading one of the other teams.

The participating teams successfully bid to take part at the ForceSelect Foundation’s annual fundraising dinner at the Chiswell Street Brewery in December, which raised substantial funds for smaller military service charities in the UK.

Go here to read the full article

2010
06.12

90-day blitz takes out 3,200 Taliban
The Sun
By David Willetts, Defence Correspondent

Published: 01 Dec 2010

Secret strike operations led by British and American Special Forces have taken out 3,200 Taliban insurgents in just 90 DAYS.

The huge haul was achieved in an “autumn showdown” – launched to crush the Taliban before they skulk off for winter.

British SAS and SBS fighters, US Delta Force units, Afghan Special Forces Tiger Teams and elite outfits from other coalition troops hit the enemy relentlessly for three months.

Of the 3,200 killed or captured in covert strikes, 387 were top-level commanders. The figures were handed to SAS hero and Sun Security Adviser Andy McNab at a top level briefing in the Afghan capital Kabul. Andy visited the frontline this month to drum up support for the Sun’s Jobs for Heroes campaign – backed by expert recruitment firm ForceSelect.

He said: “We are nailing the Taliban. We are killing and capturing them on an industrial scale.

“This wasn’t a blanket approach to killing. These are tactical missions. Troopers are now specifically targeting the Taliban leadership, and those who fight FOR the Taliban.

“Our guys weren’t targeting those who simply fought WITH the Taliban. There is a clear distinction. Some are fighting because they need the money or too frightened not to. They are not fighting for hate or the ideology.

“Of course, some commanders worry that younger, more radical Taliban fighters will take the place of dead leaders.

“But, talking to the guys who conduct these covert operations, they weren’t unduly worried about it.

“If a new generation of radical Taliban step into these dead men’s shoes, they too will be killed or captured.”

The operations are part of the push towards a Nato handover of control in Afghanistan to Afghan National Forces and police by 2014.

Source: The Sun

Andy McNab in The Sun - meeting the troops