My son has a meeting on Thursday at our local Army careers place. I'm sure I read somewhere he has to do a test or something beforehand but he says he hasn't received anything through the portal, just an invitation that he has to reply to (which he's done)
The guy said he had to have a rough idea of his choices and will watch a video and have a chat. Is that about it? I've got to take him as it's about 8 miles from where we live.
How long after this will it be before he goes to the assessment centre? He's been running and going to the gym but certainly not ready yet Fitness wise.
Ah ha okay I’m your guy as just recently went through the whole process okay so no he wont need to take any tests whilst there that day is just been set up to give him more info into all different job roles and for you guys to ask more questions
Now if this all goes swimmingly he will be at assessment center within a 3-4 months around that time period ( personal experience) so he has plenty time to get in shape I personally didn’t do any training I know dumb of me and I still passed with high marks so I’m more than confident in saying he will smash it the tests he will be required to take at assessment center is
Full Medical ( pee in cup) ( eye tests) (bmi) Hearing he will do all of that on the first full day
After that they will be split into 2 groups, Group one will go do the tests on computer
Army Cognitive Test, basic English and maths if he hasn’t already got the required GCSE and if he’s going for a trade he will take science test which 100% would revise for I didn’t do but heard it was hard
Then after these tests they switch
10kg 15kg 30kg 40kg bag lift
2 20kg water can carry 120m
Then on the finale day he will do team tasks basically just seeing if he has what it takes to join in and work well in a team then following this will be the 1.5 mile run so u will already be tired from team tasks for like 1 hour and a half of heavy lifting ect
The times are as follow for the 1.5 mile run
All junior entries must run 1.5 miles in under 14 mins 30 seconds unless going for the paratroopers then it must be below 9 mins
The day will then conclude with a formal interview asking you some final questions about what regiment and ur 3 job choices after that u will be told pass or fail
If he passes result he will get his date to start in the following months hope this helped And GOOD LUCK
Although I know infantry play an important and vital role I would prefer him to think about what skills/trade he could use when he comes out. He's set to get very good grades in his exams and I just think he needs to think a bit more about it all.
The guy at the careers centre (not a soldier, capita guy) told him that he knows an retired infantry soldier that has a teaching degree, health & safety degree and management qualifications. All well and good, but what are those qualifications in the real world. Does the teaching degree actually mean he can teach in a U.K. school or college? I think the careers advisors should be advising kids in a more productive way. They should see beyond a 15 year olds possibly romantic view of what an infantry soldier is.
I'm a teacher and it took me 4 years to get my degree. I had to work in schools and teach.
I hope I haven't offended anyone with my comments as I am in total admiration in all that you do in the military. I just want my son to make the best of his intelligence.