- 04-08-2011, 08:09 #11
- Join Date
- Jun 2011
No probs re the comment I made - I was feeling a bit oversensitive - probably because your post reminded me of the disappointment I felt when I realised I was too old for a direct entry commission too! I spent a decade in the ranks as a TA soldier and loved it, but wanted to try the challenge of being an officer - I am going to go back in as a private again, but trying a different trade ( I was Infantry - gonna try RLC).
Anyway, I found my employer to be very supportive, even though I am now supposedly a professional person (a teacher). Basically I did it like this:
I booked an appointment to see the Head, and in the interim, sent him any relevant documents from SABRE, plus the FR2020 report, which someone has posted a link to on the 'replace regulars with STABs' thread.
I read through everything carfefully, especially the bit in the report about future plans to gain employer support (the kitemark, etc...)
I found out the likelyhood and length of deployments with the unit I am interested in joining.
I went to he meeting with all the correct facts and figures re time off, and costs to the school.
I also had a list of benefits to the school (kudos of supporting the forces, my improved fitness, which gives better attendance, more focus and drive, etc...)
I Hope this helps.
- 06-08-2011, 18:37 #12
- Join Date
- Aug 2011
Thanks both for the really useful info, will have a thorough read-through of those docs. Appreciate the responses...
- 17-04-2012, 15:38 #13
On a different note - how do you find the TA/teaching combo works for you?
CheersSentries are back ....... they report Zulus to the SW ................. farsands of 'em!
- 17-04-2012, 15:43 #14
40 as a Inf PO? Way too old. The Army wants some return out of its investment and you wouldnt be much use as a YO (no offence ment, but when your knees are crying with pain and the young whippersnappers in your platoon are bearly breaking a sweat you will know what I meant)
The oldest I have ever known was a 39year old RMP Cpl who then commissioned. He already had a tour under his belt as well. Sandhurst will have a lot to say in you waiver as well, and trust me, they will say no.
Sorry."Be an example to your men, in your duty and in private life. Never spare yourself, and let the troops see that you don't in your endurance of fatigue and privation. Always be tactful and well-mannered and teach your subordinates to do the same. Avoid excessive sharpness or harshness of voice, which usually indicates the man who has shortcomings of his own to hide."
- Field Marshall Erwin Rommel
- 17-04-2012, 22:47 #15
- Join Date
- Aug 2009
Ideal thread for me to find. I've been down to my unit of choice this evening to find out the age limit for officer entry is 26 in line with the regs, so seems to change on a unit to unit basis.
- 18-04-2012, 00:01 #16Sentries are back ....... they report Zulus to the SW ................. farsands of 'em!
- 18-04-2012, 01:08 #17
- Join Date
- May 2008
- moving fast enough to not have to watch my back
Go on, you know your bosses will love having an INT Corps soldier on staff."The Intelligence officer - or non-commissioned officer - with his enquiring mind, his refusal to accept everything at face value, and with his interest in what has happened limited to the help it will be in in estimating what is going to happen, is "different", and therefore still, to a certain extent, suspect."