FIJIANS SEEKING TO JOIN BRITISH ARMY HAVE TO PAY OWN WAY

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (September 18, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Young Fijians vying for places in the British Army are finding themselves faced with a costly trip to London for interviews, following Fiji's suspension from the Commonwealth.

A spokesperson for the British High Commission in Suva said Fiji's suspension means the British Army is no longer sending its recruitment teams to screen applicants in Fiji.

Interested young men and women in Fiji now have to pay their own way to England for pre-selection tests.

However, the spokesperson said this has not affected the number of applications or queries being received, with up to 4,500 youths applying to join by the end of last week.

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