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    Each summer thousands of Canadian students go to work for the army. A major jobs?

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    Each summer thousands of Canadian students go to work for the army. A major jobs centre has been Camp Gagetown in New Brunswick where more than 5,000 young men are employed in both civilian and military positions.

    They can take away as much as 1,000 dollars (about GBP400 sterling) to help them pay their way through college. Unlike their American neighbours they face no compulsory draft call.

    But Camp Gagetown and its smaller counterparts across Canada have not been set up out of military benevolence alone. Professional soldiers are hoping that a few students will find an army career an attractive prospect.

    SYNOPSIS: About 350 of them are working in the bush, hacking out a new training area for the Army - and a solid contribution towards next year's college fees. They can set about their tasks knowing they don't face the compulsory draft call that many of their American fellow-students fear.

    Another group of youths are working on maintenance and construction at the camp.

    But the programme that seems to have captured the imagination of the students is the leadership plan. Here, for the pay of 7.50 dollars a day, senior college students are learning how to conquer the toughest obstacles.

    At the outset of the programme, students and soldiers were a little wary of each other. Since then, there's been no friction and the military hopes some of their summer employees will now find an army career attractive.

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