An interview with the Colonel - Welbeck and 6th Form Scholarship in mind

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Hello everyone, been a while since I last posted. On to business...

Just recently (Jan) I've completed some Army Officer Interest Forms at the ACIO in Ilford. Those got buggered up, then did them again 2 weeks afterwards. Then I got a chance to speak to the Major there. They've sent word down to Whitehall and got a envelope with some more Army Officer Interest Forms and Welbeck Proforma. I've sent those off and just have to book an appointment with them this week to see the Colonel, preferably ASAP.

Just wanted to know what's in store for me at the interview and what happens afterwards if I'm successful. I've already read the sticky in this particular forum, but would rather prefer some more specific advice for this particular interview.

Cheers,
Knight
 
#3
He will ask you some questions. You will answer them. They will be related to you, and the army.
In it's most simplest form that summarises a lot of things. Though could you be a tad more specific?
 
#5
Who is "the Colonel"? A washed up 007 villain?
I'm just using his rank in place of his name and following a bit of PERSEC. Even though you could just simply Google the recruiters office at Horse Guards for any more information about him.
 
#6
What are you planning to join and how can your joining them enhance their performance?
Cheers for helping me out Bollock-chops with something proper.

I want to Commission into the Parachute Regiment. What I can offer the Parachute Regiment is loyalty and enthusiasm, along side my own personal drive to become the best I can possibly be. Both mentally and physically. What this translates into for the Parachute Regiment is an Officer who is self driven and confident. One that can take the lead in the face of failure and remain undeterred by failure or setbacks.

On a more personal note, I wish to aspire to the heights of Special Forces, in particular the SAS. Reasoning being, I believe that you only ever have one chance at life, and that is whatever you make it out to be. You can either be a statistic that follows a trend, or an outlier value that sticks out. This is what leads me to the Parachute Regiment. As that by itself is an astonishing achievement, which also speaks volumes about a man.

Another thing, I also want to pursue a career in the Military Industrial Complex. As it stands out to me as rather extraordinary and commandeering an aura of gravity of it.

I'm going to have to cut-off here as I'm losing my focus and needing my sleep quite direly.

Cheers,
Knight.

PS: I can articulate myself better in speech rather than in a written format because it is rather more improvised. Though I'm still good with a written format if I understand the concept to a competent standard.
 

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I seem to recall that Welbeck is there to teach those aspiring to be officers in the technical corps. Quite how your wanting to join the Paras will fit with this I'm not sure.

I'd also rein back on the Special Forces aspects of your hopes for the future. Whilst having something to aim for is a good thing, you don't know if you'll make a soldier yet.
 
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Cheers for helping me out Bollock-chops with something proper.

I want to Commission into the Parachute Regiment. What I can offer the Parachute Regiment is loyalty and enthusiasm, along side my own personal drive to become the best I can possibly be. Both mentally and physically. What this translates into for the Parachute Regiment is an Officer who is self driven and confident. One that can take the lead in the face of failure and remain undeterred by failure or setbacks.

On a more personal note, I wish to aspire to the heights of Special Forces, in particular the SAS. Reasoning being, I believe that you only ever have one chance at life, and that is whatever you make it out to be. You can either be a statistic that follows a trend, or an outlier value that sticks out. This is what leads me to the Parachute Regiment. As that by itself is an astonishing achievement, which also speaks volumes about a man.

Another thing, I also want to pursue a career in the Military Industrial Complex. As it stands out to me as rather extraordinary and commandeering an aura of gravity of it.

I'm going to have to cut-off here as I'm losing my focus and needing my sleep quite direly.

Cheers,
Knight.

PS: I can articulate myself better in speech rather than in a written format because it is rather more improvised. Though I'm still good with a written format if I understand the concept to a competent standard.
Welbeck is a technical college. It's 'graduates' typically join arms such as the REME and RE with some joining the RA or RS.

If you go and tell him what you have just written he will mark you down as a dreamer who likes to be verbose in order to appear intelligent but has not even done the slightest research into his prospective career path.
 
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Hello everyone, been a while since I last posted. On to business...

Just recently (Jan) I've completed some Army Officer Interest Forms at the ACIO in Ilford. Those got buggered up, then did them again 2 weeks afterwards. Then I got a chance to speak to the Major there. They've sent word down to Whitehall and got a envelope with some more Army Officer Interest Forms and Welbeck Proforma. I've sent those off and just have to book an appointment with them this week to see the Colonel, preferably ASAP.

Just wanted to know what's in store for me at the interview and what happens afterwards if I'm successful. I've already read the sticky in this particular forum, but would rather prefer some more specific advice for this particular interview.

Cheers,
Knight
Try to appear "normal", wear a smart suit (navy blue or grey),polished shoes, clean finger nails,white shirt and tie. If you can't afford a suit wear your school blazer and get it cleaned and get your mum to press it.

Call the colonel "sir",have specific but credible examples of times you have shown officer qualities like:
  • integrity,
  • leadership,
  • common sense,
  • ability to get on with people,
  • determination and resilience.
Don't bang on about the para's/SAS/PhDs and Military Industrial complexes at a Welbeck interview.

Some of your posts lead me to suspect your sanity; however, I hope that it is more a case of a lack of maturity which is fair enough at your age.

Read a quality newspaper for a month or so,before you go to the interview.

DO NOT MENTION CHRIS RYAN OR ANDY MCNABB!

Listen very carefully to the colonel and do not talk over him.

Try to give the impression of a nice kid who has the makings of a good officer and you will be fine.

Good luck.
 
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Try to appear "normal", wear a smart suit (navy blue or grey),shinny shoes, white shirt and tie. If you can't afford a suit wear your school blazer and get it cleaned and get your mum to press it.

Call the colonel "sir",have specific but credible examples of times you have shown officer qualities like:
  • integrity,
  • leadership,
  • common sense,
  • ability to get on with people,
  • determination and resilience.
Don't bang on about the para's/SAS/PhDs and Military Industrial complexes at a Welbeck interview.

Some of your posts lead me to suspect your sanity; however, I hope that it is more a case of a lack of maturity which is fair enough at your age.

Read a quality newspaper for a month or so,before you go to the interview.

DO NOT MENTION CHRIS RYAN OR ANDY MCNABB!

Listen very carefully to the colonel and do not talk over him.

Try to give the impression of a nice kid who has the makings of a good officer and you will be fine.

Good luck.
I found that quite funny. I am an Army cadet. So that should help me in terms of etiquette and addressing Officers.

I have more sense than anybody here has given me credit for so far. I'm not going to mention something that McNab wrote. Unless it's the 7 P's or normal soldering proverbs.

Anyways, I've had much contact with Forces personnel before. Both Officers and soldiers alike. I've also been helped by many of the aforementioned in understanding and being an Officer.

It's far too late right now. So goodnight everyone.

Cheers,
Knight
 
#12
normal soldering proverbs.
God help us!

Maybe the Colonel will commission you direct, let you skip A'levels, Uni', RMAS, YO's and Staff College and offer you his job?

Get a grip son, give the impression of A NICE KID WITH A BIT OF POTENTIAL!
 
#13
God help us!

Maybe the Colonel will commission you direct, let you skip A'levels, Uni', RMAS, YO's and Staff College and offer you his job?

Get a grip son, give the impression of A NICE KID WITH A BIT OF POTENTIAL!
Understood. "A nice kid with a bit of potential!" Will do. I hope for my sake your advice is sound Bushmills.
 
#14
Understood. "A nice kid with a bit of potential!" Will do. I hope for my sake your advice is sound Bushmills.
Mate, I've not been on this site very long either but Bushmills is a good source of advice I think. Not 100% sure about his biography but he seems to be very high up the structure and knows what he's talking about.

Also, and I do mean this seriously...when people refer to the 'military industrial complex' aren't they using this in a pejorative sense for something they think is wrong? Or can it be used in to mean something positive as well?
 
#15
Mate, I've not been on this site very long either but Bushmills is a good source of advice I think. Not 100% sure about his biography but he seems to be very high up the structure and knows what he's talking about.

Also, and I do mean this seriously...when people refer to the 'military industrial complex' aren't they using this in a pejorative sense for something they think is wrong? Or can it be used in to mean something positive as well?
Fair enough. I think the answer the last bit would vary person to person. The MI complex has done much harm to Humanity but has helped it still.
 
#16
Fair enough. I think the answer the last bit would vary person to person. The MI complex has done much harm to Humanity but has helped it still.
The key question any experienced officer has in the back of his/her mind when interviewing a potential officer is "would I entrust the lives of my soldiers to this bloke?"

Therefore, they are looking for a sensible, sane and decent person, above all else.

Nobody wants to let a candidate through who gets his blokes killed or injured through stupidity or duplicity.
 
#17
The key question any experienced officer has in the back of his/her mind when interviewing a potential officer is "would I entrust the lives of my soldiers to this bloke?"

Therefore, they are looking for a sensible, sane and decent person, above all else.

Nobody wants to let a candidate through who gets his blokes killed or injured through stupidity or duplicity.
I'll be honest with you Bushmills. I'm glad I wound my neck in when I answered your earlier post. Also, I hope I DO fail if I'm not what the Army needs in an Officer. Because at the end of the day, it's those 30 odd lads in the platoon who are going to suffer.
 
#18
If you are going to try to get into the Defence Sixth Form College at Woodhouse Eaves (the new Tri Service Welbeck) you must be academically committed to coping with Physics and Maths A Levels, a taxing engineering/science/numerate/IT/Business Management degree and then be prepared to join the RE, REME, R Signals or RLC. If you change your mind at any stage or join a different capbadge, you will have bursaries to pay back and your parents will be billed by the Defence Academy for part of your Welbeck Fees. Bottom Line - you must be committed to a hard academic slog for 5 years and a technical officer career. Make sure that comes across in interview. You can do the para/cdo thing within all of these Corps.

I presume you are studying GCSEs at present. You must get a least B grades in Physics/Cobined Science and Maths.
 
#20
KnightWars,

On reflection, with 399 posts behind you may not be a spotty teenager. Is this a wah?
Make this the 401st post. A lot of people perceive me as a wah. Though I am for real and I gain nothing from being a liar.
 
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