Here's to hoping this is an even bigger success than last year's: http://www.modoracle.com/?page=http://www.modoracle.com/news/detail.h2f?id=12892 The Summer Challenge, which was staged for the first time last year, offers young people from across Scotland the opportunity to become fully trained Territorial Army (TA) soldiers in just seven weeks. The TA is looking for 250 men and women aged between 17 and 32 in Scotland to take part in the series of challenges. Activities will include off-road driving, military and adventure training, first aid instruction and outdoor pursuits and the chance to learn valuable, transferable skills, build confidence and meet new people. Last year, almost 2,000 young Scots applied for 250 places and a record 214 fully trained TA soldiers passed out at the end of the event in the largest parade of its kind to be seen in the United Kingdom. It is expected that applications may double this year as demand continues to rise. For the 2007 event, which will take place from 29 June to 18 August, places will be allocated on a 'first come first served' basis providing that applicants meet the eligibility criteria. Brigadier Davey Kirk, Commander of 51 (Scottish) Brigade, said: "Recruitment into the Territorial Army has always been challenging. Since training is necessarily conducted on a part-time basis, it can take some months for a new recruit to complete it. "Summer Challenge has overcome this obstacle and provides young people with the opportunity to challenge their own potential and gain some very useful new skills along the way." Jobcentre Plus is working in partnership with the TA by promoting Summer Challenge 2007 to its customers. Kevin Doran is the Customer Services Director in Scotland for Jobcentre Plus. He said: "Last year Summer Challenge proved a worthwhile experience for our customers who volunteered from Jobcentre Plus. This wide range of transferable skills they learned, such as team working, added to their personal development and confidence, will stand them in good stead in today's labour market." Gunner, Sundeep Sood, aged 18, who was successful at last year's Summer Challenge described the incredible sense of achievement that he felt: "My parents came to see me at the passing out parade and told me they'd never been so proud. In fact, I'd never been more proud of myself! It's an indescribable feeling to know that you are a fully trained soldier in the British Army."