Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fancy becoming a Reserve Soldier?

Well, you can hold your day job and still become a soldier, the reserve type.

A call was made by the Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, for private and foreign companies nationside to allow their employees to join the Territorial Army (TA), as part of their social responsibility to the nation's security.

"The support from private companies is seen as a commitment to the overall security for all races in the nation," he was quoted by the wired news agency, Bernama.

He hoped that heads of department, and district and state government agencies would encourage employees in the public sector to join the TA to boost the number of reserved soldiers in the Armed Forces, the report said.

Ahmad Zahid said, TA would also be given training to handle natural disasters.

"The ministry targets to have a ratio of one soldier to five reserve soldiers, thus allowing more people to join the military service," he added.

A noble effort indeed if the private companies are willing to participate.