The Army is to open two new ‘show rooms’ in London this month, with the first opening in Dalston on 14th March and a second opening shortly afterwards in Hounslow, West London.
Staffed by serving soldiers, the show rooms will be equipped with hi-tech battlefield simulators, offering visitors the chance to ‘drive’ virtual tanks.
Army officials say the centre’s main focus is to allow members of the public to find out more about the Army’s role, rather than acting as a traditional recruiting office.
Colonel Paul Meldon, the commander of regional recruiting for London commented: “The Army plans to use the Army Show Rooms to start talking to society and the communities in a fresh way that allows the public to find out about their Army in an exciting and innovative environment.”
“No question will be avoided and the full range of Army activities will be on show so that the public can “touch the green” in a way that has never been tried before. There will be no sales pitch and no pressure to join the Army; just come and find out what we do, it will surprise you.”
If the Dalston and Hounslow centres are successful it’s hoped that additional centres will open across the country.