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Passed selection hoping for intelligence .. told i will be invited for another interview /course for this before basic can anybody tell me what it will intail ? Thanks
 

TheAssessor

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Passed selection hoping for intelligence .. told i will be invited for another interview /course for this before basic can anybody tell me what it will intail ? Thanks
Specialist selection for INT corps? *waves hand like a Jedi* you'll be told about it by an official in good time. Just make sure your maths and English are good and be up to speed on current affairs.
 

JNM

War Hero
Been invited along to an open day at Glencorse on 27th Jan, anyone know what’s involved/what to wear? Email was very vague
I was due to go down south for a RIC and got **** all told to me through the portal or email. Was going to call the centre after Christmas but it’s been cancelled.
 

rawsalmon47

Old-Salt
I was due to go down south for a RIC and got **** all told to me through the portal or email. Was going to call the centre after Christmas but it’s been cancelled.
Literally all they said is “would you like to go along to this?” Said sure why not, next thing I know they’ve sent me the date, time for pick up and asked for my nearest train station to confirm, done that and been nothing from them since hahah
 

mndler

Crow
Hoping just to get some advice on where i can start revising for the TST, I haven't applied yet as I'm getting my fitness sorted first. Wanted to also get a start on brushing up on my math skills. I want to apply to a role that requires me to sit the TST, and I haven't done anything heavily maths related in a while. Any help would be appreciated.
 

JNM

War Hero
Hoping just to get some advice on where i can start revising for the TST, I haven't applied yet as I'm getting my fitness sorted first. Wanted to also get a start on brushing up on my math skills. I want to apply to a role that requires me to sit the TST, and I haven't done anything heavily maths related in a while. Any help would be appreciated.
BBC bitesize GCSE. Just do it all you’ll get an examples sheet emailed to you just before you go
 

greengirlgee

Swinger
Hello everyone! This is my first post on ARRSE so be nice. I'm here to provide a detailed account of my experience at Glencorse Assessment Centre, as it was quite different from what I'd read on the thread and elsewhere online, and was different from what I expected. As my name suggests, I am female, hence why I believe my experience was different (?). Mainly, I found the staff to be much more relaxed and helpful than I expected, and this made our experience pretty enjoyable and put us at all ease.

Night 1
Anyway, I arrived at the train station ready to be picked up in the late evening. What threw me was the fact there were no other males in sight as we boarded the coach. The Staff introduced themselves and told us what would be happening over the next 2 and a half days. One of them explained that everything we do, how we conduct ourselves over the next few days, and how we act with our fellow candidates would be watched and assessed. He then announced the dreaded word 'Icebreaker' - however, this was only an informal chat with the person sat next to you on the coach who you'd already spoken to and got to know anyway. There would be no standing up and introducing yourself and your new best mate later on once we had arrived at the AC, as I had previously read. Apparently this was 'too scary' and created 'too much pressure' for new candidates. I then had to ask, 'where are the males?' - he explained that ever since a young candidate was caught in the toilets of the opposite sex doing something they shouldn't have with a fellow candidate, males and females are completely segregated in the AC (this was good news, as I couldn't have matched up to male candidates physically). We arrived at the AC and gathered in the main Reception area, where we picked up our urine pots and our number tag. We were taken to a computer room to log onto our portals (make sure you know your username and password - the Staff were undoubtedly annoyed at those who didn't know theirs) to check everything was in working order. We were then taken into a presentation room, talked through in more detail what would be happening, and given a clipboard, pencil and paperwork to fill in later on. We were then shown to our rooms - under 18's were in a separate room to over 18's, and again I was surprised at the age majority of under 18's. There were only 3 candidates out of 20 above the age of 21, with one being 30. On the beds were the duvets/covers/pillows etc. all laid out in a specific order, and folded in a specific way. Take note of this, as when it is time to change the bedsheets, they must be laid out in exactly the same way down in Reception. Once we had settled in, the Staff came in and told us what time we were to be down at Reception in the morning - I think this was 5:45am. He told us that they do not turn out the lights at 22:00, and that we were all adults and could choose when we wanted to go to sleep (was this a test? now I think about it maybe it was). We spent that evening filling in our paperwork and getting to know each other; you'll find that you get on immediately with everyone and that all of your worries are shared ones, although there is really nothing to worry about.

Day 1
Annoyingly, some girls set their alarms for 5am to give themselves enough time to straighten their hair (I'd recommend taking earplugs). The showers are also cold at that hour, but a cold shower does wonders for waking up the brain. We then went for a stroll down to the cookhouse, which was empty. A full English fry-up is served along with cereals and juice. After breakfast we were taken for our Medical - now, here is where it gets interesting. As I was a higher number candidate thanks to my alphabetically placed surname, I had to wait a VERY long time for my medical. So long in fact that I was taken along with 4 others to do the bag lift, jerry-can carry AND computer assessment all before 11am on Day 1. By the time I returned, some girls were still waiting for their medicals. I was called in first for an ECG - being a female, this can be rather awkward. I was not expecting this, but you are required to remove your top and bra whilst the practitioner does the assessment. Luckily it doesn't last longer than 10 minutes. Next is an eye test and colour perception test - if you wear glasses you are told to remove them at first and told to read the letter board. I am -2.75 in both eyes and couldn't see a thing, but I was told this was absolutely fine. Next is a hearing test, and then a meeting with a GP. They will go through every single medical record from birth until present day so make sure you know what is on it. Even if you have a minor case of eczema as a baby, they will flag it up and you will be deferred. I was found to have a heart murmur as a baby, which even my parents had forgotten about, and was required to have an ultrasound scan on my heart there and then. Unfortunately for me, this meant removing my top and bra once again and being scanned by a male practitioner (chaperones can be requested). This took around 30 to 40 minutes in total. After an agonising wait, I was told it was all clear. Once you have passed, your number tag is changed for a sports bib with the same number. We lost 5 candidates during the medical due to various minor conditions - one girl failed a lung capacity test (a simple blow into a tube thing) and was immediately sent home. Another was sent home due to being celiac.

After a very long morning of head to toe MOT's, we were glad to see lunch time. The food was OK, and we all ate quite heavily. Little did we know that we would be running our 1.5 mile only an hour later (I was expecting it on Day 2, as it had been in every post I had read on here about the AC). We were gently jogged down to the parade square by a very friendly PTI and were walked around the parade square and car park to view our route. There was no hardcore 800m warm-up as I had read about and was dreading - we had only jogged in intervals of 20 seconds and then walked approx 200m to the parade square. During the run, many girls stopped and walked on several occasions. The staff at the start line shouted words of encouragement each time you passed them but could not see girls behind the cars who were having a quick rest break in between laps. They were not told that they had failed straightaway, as I understood from previous posts. After the run, we were given time to shower and watched another presentation on life in the army, and we could ask any pressing questions we had. Afterwards, we spent the evening having what felt like a girls only sleepover you have with your friends in Year 7 - we got on very well and had a good laugh too.

Day 2
Again, wake up was at around 5am. We had to strip our beds and fold the sheets precisely, and then put on our overalls, a hard hat and our numbered bib ready for the grenade throw and team tasks after breakfast. With the grenade throw, the best advice that can be given is attack the course with aggression - the Staff love a screamer. The team tasks were also enjoyable, and again, the best advice to give is to listen to the instructions given by Staff, be assertive if you think you have a workable plan, and help out your fellow team members. A Staff member will be writing notes on each of you throughout this, but it is easy to forget they are there. They may ask you individually what your chosen job role is and may ask you to brief the team on the plan before you go ahead with it. Make sure you have a Plan B. Enjoy the grenade throw and the team tasks as this is the part of the AC where you have a chance to have a little fun. After the team tasks were finished, we were given 30 minutes to shower and prepare for our final interview. We were taken into the presentation room, where we sat and waited for our numbers to be called by Staff entering the door in front of us. Some of the interviewers were civilian instructors, others were Officers. I was told I had achieved a mark of 70-something on my Army Cognitive Test, and had done very well in all other areas. The 'interview' didn't feel like too much of an interview despite having an Officer doing mine, and we had more of a discussion about what I already knew about my preferred job role, what I was expecting of army life, etc. (I'd recommend researching as much as possible to impress them, although I wasn't asked at all about my second job choice). I had unfortunately missed my required run time by 2 seconds, but was given an opportunity to attend a 4-week fitness course at Pirbright prior to Phase 1 training. There were only 2 fellow candidates out of 20 who had passed unconditionally and were awaiting a P1 start date.

After our interviews we were given a packed lunch and taken back to the train station - we all went for a drink in a bar in the station and we all still keep in touch now via a group chat. I appreciate this is very long post but my experience was different to what I had read elsewhere and this may help someone out.
 

amnesia

Old-Salt
Been invited along to an open day at Glencorse on 27th Jan, anyone know what’s involved/what to wear? Email was very vague
Its an open day to see the Assessment Centre, look at the facilities and find out what happens over the 2/3 days you are there.

Its only a 1/2 day job really, wear whatever you are comfortable in - its not assessed in any way.

They theory behind it is that by "de-mystifying" the Assessment Centre, and opening it up for people to look at it will reduce the number of candidates who dont turn up for assessment.
 

Welshy123

Swinger
Hello everyone! This is my first post on ARRSE so be nice. I'm here to provide a detailed account of my experience at Glencorse Assessment Centre, as it was quite different from what I'd read on the thread and elsewhere online, and was different from what I expected. As my name suggests, I am female, hence why I believe my experience was different (?). Mainly, I found the staff to be much more relaxed and helpful than I expected, and this made our experience pretty enjoyable and put us at all ease.

Night 1
Anyway, I arrived at the train station ready to be picked up in the late evening. What threw me was the fact there were no other males in sight as we boarded the coach. The Staff introduced themselves and told us what would be happening over the next 2 and a half days. One of them explained that everything we do, how we conduct ourselves over the next few days, and how we act with our fellow candidates would be watched and assessed. He then announced the dreaded word 'Icebreaker' - however, this was only an informal chat with the person sat next to you on the coach who you'd already spoken to and got to know anyway. There would be no standing up and introducing yourself and your new best mate later on once we had arrived at the AC, as I had previously read. Apparently this was 'too scary' and created 'too much pressure' for new candidates. I then had to ask, 'where are the males?' - he explained that ever since a young candidate was caught in the toilets of the opposite sex doing something they shouldn't have with a fellow candidate, males and females are completely segregated in the AC (this was good news, as I couldn't have matched up to male candidates physically). We arrived at the AC and gathered in the main Reception area, where we picked up our urine pots and our number tag. We were taken to a computer room to log onto our portals (make sure you know your username and password - the Staff were undoubtedly annoyed at those who didn't know theirs) to check everything was in working order. We were then taken into a presentation room, talked through in more detail what would be happening, and given a clipboard, pencil and paperwork to fill in later on. We were then shown to our rooms - under 18's were in a separate room to over 18's, and again I was surprised at the age majority of under 18's. There were only 3 candidates out of 20 above the age of 21, with one being 30. On the beds were the duvets/covers/pillows etc. all laid out in a specific order, and folded in a specific way. Take note of this, as when it is time to change the bedsheets, they must be laid out in exactly the same way down in Reception. Once we had settled in, the Staff came in and told us what time we were to be down at Reception in the morning - I think this was 5:45am. He told us that they do not turn out the lights at 22:00, and that we were all adults and could choose when we wanted to go to sleep (was this a test? now I think about it maybe it was). We spent that evening filling in our paperwork and getting to know each other; you'll find that you get on immediately with everyone and that all of your worries are shared ones, although there is really nothing to worry about.

Day 1
Annoyingly, some girls set their alarms for 5am to give themselves enough time to straighten their hair (I'd recommend taking earplugs). The showers are also cold at that hour, but a cold shower does wonders for waking up the brain. We then went for a stroll down to the cookhouse, which was empty. A full English fry-up is served along with cereals and juice. After breakfast we were taken for our Medical - now, here is where it gets interesting. As I was a higher number candidate thanks to my alphabetically placed surname, I had to wait a VERY long time for my medical. So long in fact that I was taken along with 4 others to do the bag lift, jerry-can carry AND computer assessment all before 11am on Day 1. By the time I returned, some girls were still waiting for their medicals. I was called in first for an ECG - being a female, this can be rather awkward. I was not expecting this, but you are required to remove your top and bra whilst the practitioner does the assessment. Luckily it doesn't last longer than 10 minutes. Next is an eye test and colour perception test - if you wear glasses you are told to remove them at first and told to read the letter board. I am -2.75 in both eyes and couldn't see a thing, but I was told this was absolutely fine. Next is a hearing test, and then a meeting with a GP. They will go through every single medical record from birth until present day so make sure you know what is on it. Even if you have a minor case of eczema as a baby, they will flag it up and you will be deferred. I was found to have a heart murmur as a baby, which even my parents had forgotten about, and was required to have an ultrasound scan on my heart there and then. Unfortunately for me, this meant removing my top and bra once again and being scanned by a male practitioner (chaperones can be requested). This took around 30 to 40 minutes in total. After an agonising wait, I was told it was all clear. Once you have passed, your number tag is changed for a sports bib with the same number. We lost 5 candidates during the medical due to various minor conditions - one girl failed a lung capacity test (a simple blow into a tube thing) and was immediately sent home. Another was sent home due to being celiac.

After a very long morning of head to toe MOT's, we were glad to see lunch time. The food was OK, and we all ate quite heavily. Little did we know that we would be running our 1.5 mile only an hour later (I was expecting it on Day 2, as it had been in every post I had read on here about the AC). We were gently jogged down to the parade square by a very friendly PTI and were walked around the parade square and car park to view our route. There was no hardcore 800m warm-up as I had read about and was dreading - we had only jogged in intervals of 20 seconds and then walked approx 200m to the parade square. During the run, many girls stopped and walked on several occasions. The staff at the start line shouted words of encouragement each time you passed them but could not see girls behind the cars who were having a quick rest break in between laps. They were not told that they had failed straightaway, as I understood from previous posts. After the run, we were given time to shower and watched another presentation on life in the army, and we could ask any pressing questions we had. Afterwards, we spent the evening having what felt like a girls only sleepover you have with your friends in Year 7 - we got on very well and had a good laugh too.

Day 2
Again, wake up was at around 5am. We had to strip our beds and fold the sheets precisely, and then put on our overalls, a hard hat and our numbered bib ready for the grenade throw and team tasks after breakfast. With the grenade throw, the best advice that can be given is attack the course with aggression - the Staff love a screamer. The team tasks were also enjoyable, and again, the best advice to give is to listen to the instructions given by Staff, be assertive if you think you have a workable plan, and help out your fellow team members. A Staff member will be writing notes on each of you throughout this, but it is easy to forget they are there. They may ask you individually what your chosen job role is and may ask you to brief the team on the plan before you go ahead with it. Make sure you have a Plan B. Enjoy the grenade throw and the team tasks as this is the part of the AC where you have a chance to have a little fun. After the team tasks were finished, we were given 30 minutes to shower and prepare for our final interview. We were taken into the presentation room, where we sat and waited for our numbers to be called by Staff entering the door in front of us. Some of the interviewers were civilian instructors, others were Officers. I was told I had achieved a mark of 70-something on my Army Cognitive Test, and had done very well in all other areas. The 'interview' didn't feel like too much of an interview despite having an Officer doing mine, and we had more of a discussion about what I already knew about my preferred job role, what I was expecting of army life, etc. (I'd recommend researching as much as possible to impress them, although I wasn't asked at all about my second job choice). I had unfortunately missed my required run time by 2 seconds, but was given an opportunity to attend a 4-week fitness course at Pirbright prior to Phase 1 training. There were only 2 fellow candidates out of 20 who had passed unconditionally and were awaiting a P1 start date.

After our interviews we were given a packed lunch and taken back to the train station - we all went for a drink in a bar in the station and we all still keep in touch now via a group chat. I appreciate this is very long post but my experience was different to what I had read elsewhere and this may help someone out.
Hi am 38yo female joining reserves waiting after what seems like forever (4 years deferred) selection date at glencorse think im only worried about interview at the end
 

greengirlgee

Swinger
Hi am 38yo female joining reserves waiting after what seems like forever (4 years deferred) selection date at glencorse think im only worried about interview at the end
It’s nothing to worry about at all - as I said I was only really asked about my first job choice and I’d done a lot of research on it anyway. It’s best to learn as much as possible. Make sure you know where and how long training is (Phase 1 and 2) and what that job entails. I’d also learn about your second job choice just in case you don’t make the cut for the first choice. Make sure you know the values and standards of the British Army (CDRILS) and be prepared to give a brief sentence on how they are applied in day to day Army life. The whole discussion will probably last less than 10 minutes, and then they will tell you your results! Good luck
 

Jack D

War Hero
Finally going back to Assessment after my defferal decided to change jobs from HCav to armoured engineer, any info/tip regarding TST
 

JNM

War Hero
Finally going back to Assessment after my defferal decided to change jobs from HCav to armoured engineer, any info/tip regarding TST
How are you with maths? Just go through bitesize and it’s easy enough to get over 30.
 

greengirlgee

Swinger
Finally going back to Assessment after my defferal decided to change jobs from HCav to armoured engineer, any info/tip regarding TST
Agree with JNM, BBC Bitesize website is probably best for the TST. Also ask your local recruitment centre to be booked onto the presentation on the Assessment Centre tests - that is really useful. There are also some really good YouTube videos that go into detail what sort of questions you will be asked. The info is out there, it just takes a Google search.
 
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