SBS Advertise For New Recruits
The Special Boat Service (SBS) has advertised for new recruits for the first time. (1).
The secretive special forces unit has run an advert in this month's Soldier Magazine(2), a British Army publication. The advert (3), shows an SBS operator, faced pixilated, below the heading 'The Special Boat Service / By Strength and Guile'. A set of contact info for recruits is printed at the bottom.
The modern SBS is a tri-service organization, open to recruits from all branches of the services, although the majority of its ranks are filled by Royal Marines Commandos.
It has been speculated that the SBS has taken the unusual step of advertising due to dwindling numbers of new recruits looking to join the unit. In the past, soldiers and Royal Marines saw the special forces as the best chance of seeing action. This, however, is no longer the case, as most frontline troops deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, get to engage in combat on a regular basis.
more info / further reading:
- 1. Not so secret: The secretive Special Boat Service advertises for recruits for the first time
- 2. Soldier Magazine
- 3. Soldier Magazine Jan 2013, page 44
(online version of the magazine)