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Advice regarding Soldier to Officer transition? (My backstory included)

Hello everybody,

This is my first post on ARRSE after lurking the board. I have a few questions for anybody who has any knowledge or experience to answer them for me.

I am 23 years old and currently studying at the University of Sheffield doing a Foundation Year which will progress on to a History and Philosophy BA. Joining the army is something I have always wanted to do since I was young, particularly at an officer rank. Sadly I made some poor choices as teenager which caused me to underachieve in my GCSE's and not be able to pursue A levels; I take full responsibility for these bad decisions. As it stands, I only have about 3 GCSE's graded at C, Mathematics is not included in these and also my Science was a BTEC graded at a PASS (equivalent to C). Fortunately, I got scouted for a job in Finance and worked in the Financial sales sector until I was 21- although it paid well I felt it was rather banal and lacked adventure, but because of bad grades and a lack of prospects thereof I decided to give university a shot. I am currently signed up for the UOTC and will do a medical for it in January (I do have some experience similar as I was in the Army Cadets as well).

This whole pandemic has really made me question what I want in life and I still want to serve in the Armed Forces, and lately I have been thinking of finishing my Foundation Year and then applying. While looking through the Army Mod site, I found that you can join the army and be recommended or apply for an enlistment into Sandhurst. Here are some questions that I have:

Will the Army let me study GCSE's and A Levels in my spare time in order to reach the necessary qualifications?

Should I request a commission only after a promotion? (I don't think it would be a appropriate to request it after passing all training, am I wrong?)

How possible is it to move up the ranks in this manner?

Should I finish University and then apply, even though I lack the GCSE's? (I will also be 27 when I graduate)

Thank you for reading through this, I really appreciate it and look forward to any advice given!
 
Ask all of this to the UOTC once you are in it.

Does your foundation year lead into a degree? If so that degree pass should mean you are academically qualified to apply for AOSB without the A Levels

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Ask all of this to the UOTC once you are in it.

Does your foundation year lead into a degree? If so that degree pass should mean you are academically qualified to apply for AOSB without the A Levels

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Thank you for your reply, I will definitely ask the UOTC once I join.

My foundation year does lead into a degree, sadly it does not permit any UCAS points. I hope this automatically qualifies me and I shall definitely ask.

All the best!
 
If you are at Sheffield Uni and have applied to the OTC please drop me a PM, your medical in Jan seems a little off.
 

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