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Soldiering On

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The Army Way of Life is a work-related learning scheme run by the Army Careers Office in Lancashire and the county's Education Business Partnership. The scheme began in 2002 with 44 boys and has since expanded to include 100 students of both sexes.

Year 11 pupils spend one day a week with the Army taking part in a range of activities, including fitness training, assault courses and orienteering. The Army Way of Life is intended to give students extended experience in a range of jobs within the armed forces and the key skills required.

Children interested in a military career are put forward by their secondary schools; only those medically unfit or with serious criminal convictions are ruled out.

The Army uses the scheme to talent spot the soldiers of the future. The students benefit whether or not they sign on after leaving school. Skills such as leadership and fitness will stand them in good stead, whatever industry they join.

Part of the series: Vocation, Vocation, Vocation

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