What time-frames were you all looking at during the application process?
Discuss What time-frames were you all looking at during the application process? in Regular Officer Recruiting on The Army Rumour Service; Hey Bingobongo, I got the dates mixed up. It was the 27th March. It was eerily quiet when I was sat waiting for my interview...
Sweeters, you seem to be on the same intake as myself and going for 2/3 of the same regiments.
Have seen rifles (Maj. Day I presume you've visited?) and have a visit to the RRF in June before the Para POIC in July. I'm only 18 and am hoping that my age does not act against me- I'll be 20 when I first join battalion.
How are you preparing? Been doing 3 runs a week of 3-5 miles and am slowly changing my gym routine. Going from 6 sets of 3 to 3x12 is a slow and burning process.
Furthermore, any pointers for Fusiliers? I had my heart set on the rifles but am slowly moving more towards the RRF.
My intake has actually changed and I managed to shoehorn myself a place on the September commission so I will be going in a couple of months time. And secondly, my choices of regiment have changed somewhat in the last few months. I am currently set on Fusiliers and Anglians at the moment and recently returned from Celle in Germany having seen 2RRF. IT was a great trip and allowed me to really reaffirm that infantry is definitely for me. No real pointers to be honest. As I am sure you have been told by RHQ, just be yourself and that way you both (regiment and yourself) can make an informed decision. They are a good bunch so don't worry and have a good time.
Preperation wise, just lots of running (5 milers mixed in with PFAs). Maybe 1 PFA a week with 2 other runs and lots of push ups, sit ups and pull ups. No dramas. I cannot wait to get started!
Also cannot wait to start- have been trying to get a place in September but no luck as of yet. OCAC and myself are almost on first name terms the amount I have phoned/ irritated them.
I would love to go to 2nd Battalion, but one step at a time and all that.
Good luck with RMAS!
October 2011 - Handed in my interest form
November 2011 - Had an interview with my ACA.
March 2012 - AOSB Briefing - Cat 2, 24 month delay
So it's going to be a relatively long process for me. I'm not complaining though, I clearly wasn't ready and wasn't good enough and I have 2 years to make sure I am when I attend main board. Plus I'm only 18 so a 2 year delay is for the best anyways.
Took me 11 months with a cat 1 and a first time pass. I took it slowly because I'm only 19 and just started university. That also included me cancelling a MB due to an injury. Think my ACA said 9 months on average, assuming a cat 1 and first time pass.
Went for the scholarship route, so i ended up sending off my interest form when i was around 14 (early 2010), had my first interview with my ACA a few weeks after when he came to my school, and just had the AOSB scholarship board in May. Looking at going to Sandhurst in 4 years, after Uni, so that there is a VERY long process for me.
Applied May 2011
Briefing June 11th 2011
Main Board optioned for August but personally pushed back to November 2011
Confirmed January 2013
So it can be done very quickly if you take advantage of board dropouts however I would stress that I genuinely felt ready only for the times when I did them, I could have done August but I wasn't confident I had achieved all I could in time. Do not rush the process, its a career making time period and unless you're approaching the 27 year bench mark then don't jeopardise it!