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1300 Fijians in British Army

Vishaal Kumar
Thursday, March 08, 2018

THERE are approximately 1300 Fijians serving in the British Army, says British High Commissioner to Fiji Melanie Hopkins.

Ms Hopkins said the program they had opened to Fiji was available to all in the Commonwealth countries when it came to the recruitment of personnels for the British Army.

"Since the 1960s, the program has been there and Fijians have been moving through this program more quickly," Ms Hopkins said.

"They are doing some fantastic work and we are deeply grateful for their service and here at the British High Commission, we have a British Army Service Office where an officer whose job is to keep their families united.

"Because you can imagine that they are far away from home and there is a lot of work just to make sure that their families know their entitlements and help with all these issues."

She said like any other organisation, the British Army was recruiting on the basis of need.

"So some years, the number of recruits goes up slightly and couple of years ago they announced a new wave of recruitments for specialist positions," she said.

"This is usually on the logistics and on the engineering side. What's loving about here in Fiji is that I can barely go to a village when people start saying that my nephew or family members are in the British Army."

She added that looking at the numbers at the regiments in Scotland and in Wales, there were more Fijians in these regiments than any other nationalities.

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