Army heads are calling for recruits from the armed forces to man an anti-terror squad responsible for domestic security.
A defence source last night said the recruitment drive was prompted by “a surge in the global war on terrorism”.
The unit would also be responsible for dealing with any security threats at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
More than 60,000 overseas visitors are expected for the six-week tournament in September and October 2011.
Twenty countries will participate in the 48-game event, the third largest international sports event in the world.