A successful open day took place recently at the Armed Forces centre in York for young people who want to discover more about life in the Army and understand the training opportunities available through the Academy for Military Preparation (AMP).

Seetec’s Academy for Military Preparation offers fully funded courses for young people aged between 16 and 24 who aspire to join the Army, Royal Navy, or Royal Air Force (RAF).

With training and support from experienced serving and ex-serving personnel and being taught from working military bases, the academy equips young people with the valuable knowledge, skills and disciplines needed for the Armed Forces assessment centre process and prepares them for phase one training.

At the event, individuals talked to reserve and full-time soldiers about the varying roles and jobs within the army. They looked around a Jackal which is a high-mobility weapons platform patrol and reconnaissance vehicle, used by the reservists. They learnt about its use in the field, its key roles, and then had the chance to try on kit and equipment.

The Catterick outreach team also explained their roles, providing information on what the requirements are to join and explaining general life in the Army. A combat medic was also on hand demonstrating the equipment they use to treat casualties, with attendees getting the chance to assess the equipment and ask questions. Finally, to wrap up the event, individuals evaluated their speed and eye co-ordination on the reaction wall.

The day was attended by AMP Darlington, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, and host York, alongside Queens Own Yeomanry reserves based at York.

For more information on the next armed forces open day event or to find out more about AMP’s please visit: our Academy for Military Preparation page.