Birmingham witnessed a boom in its Army enlistment recently as 31 new recruits enlisted in a single day.
Birmingham Armed Forces Careers Office ended 2005 with a bang as the youngsters contributed to the largest enlistment of the year.
Head of Army recruitment for Birmingham, Major Barry Williams, said: "December is always a busy month for us as youngsters want to start a new career for the new year.
"By enlisting before the end of December, the juniors will enter Army Foundation College (AFC) in its January intake."
The new recruits have pledged their allegiance to Queen and country and enlisted into a variety of careers, ranging from musicians to mechanics.
The majority of the new intake were juniors who will enter the AFC training course based in Harrogate.
The 12-month course gives 16 and 17 year-olds the chance to build up the necessary skills for Army life and puts them on the fast track to promotion.
The AFC soldiers receive more training than direct entry soldiers who enlist after the age of 17.
They are entered into Level 2 and 3 NVQs for six key skills, whilst being paid a full Junior Soldier's wage while they train. At the end of the college programme, soldiers are guaranteed a job with the Army for a minimum of four years.
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