"Fibre will help to spur economic growth and these recruits will be helping to power and drive that recovery," said Liv Garfield, CEO of Openreach, the company that oversees BT's fibre deployment, in a statement.
The new recruits will be given a three-month attachment with the company, after which they will have the opportunity of joining Openreach, the company that oversees BT's fibre deployment. The MoD has written to serving personnel due to leave the forces within the next year to let them know about the scheme.
Engineer Dave Smith, who joined Openreach in April 2011, said in a BT statement: "Since joining Openreach I've found that it's very similar to the military. We work as a team, there is a great work ethos amongst all the engineers and the daily banter is great."
However, it is still bidding on contracts to roll out fibre under the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) plan, a government-funded scheme that aims to bring super-fast broadband to 90 percent of the country by 2015 and provide a minimum of 2Mbps for everyone, even in remote areas.