SAS in covert action to attract recruits

The
SAS has launched a recruitment drive because many soldiers are being lured away
from the service by private companies offering large wages, The Times reports.

A
defence spokesman told Personnel Today that it was against Army policy to
comment on the SAS, but that internal recruitment drives were undertaken when
numbers dropped.

The
Times said that SAS experience is proving valuable post 11 September as
companies boost security. The newspaper said ex-soldiers can now earn up to
£100,000 a year – three to four times the amount they would be paid in the
forces.

It
was reported that the SAS is currently around 40 members short, and around 200
soldiers are being sorted for the next selection test.

By Quentin Reade

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