THE British Army will be mobilising troops for an all-out assault on North Wales later this month.
Their mission will be to give young men and women a first-hand insight into the range of careers available in the modern Army.
Schools are preparing to bus pupils to a huge military display at Chirk Airfield as the North Wales leg of Operation Dragon's March gets under way on Tuesday, May 24. The display will then be open for the public from 6pm on Wednesday, May 25.
WO2 Tony Watson, of Penyffordd, who works at the Armed Forces careers office in Wrexham, says there will be a lot to see at the event.
'Operation Dragon's March is a two-week operation involving representatives from every part of the British Army - from chefs and nurses to vehicle mechanics and IT experts. For anyone who wants to find out more about the Army, the training, the lifestyle and the places you may serve as a soldier, the event at Chirk is the place to be.'
Static displays of military vehicles - including the 75-tonne Challenger II tank, Saxon armoured personnel carrier and the Phoenix unmanned reconnaissance plane - will sit alongside interactive stands that will allow visitors to try their hand at being a soldier in the field.
A host of activities will be available, including cooking on a mobile field kitchen with the Royal Logistics Corps, to diagnosing and treating casualties at the Army medical services skill stations and even changing the tyres on a 7.5 tonne truck, with expert advice from the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers.
Visitors will also be able to speak with other Army organisations taking part in the event, including the Territorial Army, the Army Cadet Force and representatives from the Wrexham Army Preparation Course.
Over the two-week period it's anticipated that the operation will involve more than 100 schools and FE colleges as well as numerous youth organisations across Wales.