NEWS: Territorial Army seeks to add to its press gang

The Territorial Army’s press and publicity corps, the Media Operations Group, has launched a recruitment drive to swell its ranks by up to 30 new members.

The Territorial Army’s press and publicity corps, the Media Operations

Group, has launched a recruitment drive to swell its ranks by up to 30

new members.



Already 70-strong, the Media Operation Group includes mainstream

journalists and PR professionals who are called on periodically to serve

with regular Army and TA troops around the world. Duties include

briefing and ensuring the safety of civilian journalists and advising

Army personnel on the impact of the press during military operations.



Gerry Bartlett, publicity officer for English Heritage and also a TA

Major with the Media Operation Group, said that the recruitment drive

was prompted by the need to replace former TA members and the explosion

of media interest in Army activities, particularly during conflicts such

as the Gulf War and Bosnia.



‘Basically, we are a group of journalists in uniform,’ said Bartlett.

‘The Army is coming round to the idea that we are actually quite useful

to them and that the media are allies, not enemies.’



The Media Operations Group is particularly keen to sign up journalists,

photographers, PR officers and linguists aged between 25 and 37.

Successful applicants will be given basic training, payment and the rank

of Acting Captain.



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