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Novel approach to get soldiers reading

The Army has brought in bestselling novelist and former Special Air Service (SAS) soldier Andy McNab to kick-start a new scheme designed to help soldiers to develop their literacy and numeracy skills.

This comes as recent Government figures show that 15 per cent (5.1 million) of the working age population in England are at or below the literacy level expected of an 11-year-old.

The scheme, which is known as the 'Six Book Challenge', will be trialled in the North of England, Germany and Cyprus. If successful, it will be opened up to the wider Army.

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