AOSB Briefing Various Questions

#1
Hiya All

Basically I have got my AOSB Briefing in around 3 weeks times , I have been working on my general fitness heavily running once a day . I also took a bleep test a few days ago and got 13.6 . Fitness is not a problem although Pressups are taking some time to come along .

Firstly at the Briefing i am aware of the Bleep test and the assault course . What else is there ??

Also During interviews I am up on my general affairs as I take politics A level and have to be , however can anyone recommend any more reading material ? and tips for any other Tests

Any help would be appreciated
 
#2
hey man, briefing is easy, it is just an introduction and guidance on the main board. No sit ups or pressups, just bleep and obstacle course, and if you are running 13+ you will be more than fine.

As long as you are up on current affairs and have a decent answer to obvious questions like "why do you want to join?" and "what do you think the role and responsibilities of a young officer are?" then you will be fine. Just be confident but not cocky and you will succeed.
 
#4
"the british army book" is a little book which gives the vitals of the army which is useful for core knowledge, and on the bbc news website if you go on the left hand side there is a thing called world profiles, which gives you the low down on all the countries in the world, so if you are a bit behind on current events on things like the falklands and palastine etc then it gives a good intro. But honestly its a breeze, confidence and a good attitude goes a long way, also go all out on the obstacle course! good luck
 
#5
Make friends with your group, be yourself, if you have something to say during the group discussion say it. Maintain eye contact and a good posture when doing your presentation.
And take out all your nervous energy out on the obstacle course.

PS: small tip for the command task, designate a time keeper and be aware of the groups strength and weakness, use the big guys to do the lifting and carrying, use the lighter members to get across first....And be vocal.
Best of luck,
It is fun, at least it seems that way in hindsight.......
 
#6
Alex-P said:
wicked thanks very much , so any core knowledge ect required ?? . any books recommend ? that wud be good to carry over to main board
In regards to books i recommend...'So You Really Want to Learn English Book 1'

Not being **** but your asking for advice not 'txtin ur m8s'. Besides come main board you'll be required to write an essay and using 'wud' instead of 'would' will go down like a lead balloon.

The physical side of briefing is just the bleep test and once round the obstacles, it would be far better to spend your time preparing mentally. Get your mental arithmetic in top shape, make sure you can work out fractions, decimals, area etc, practice speed distance time. Read a quality paper, maybe a periodical. Be comfortable with public speaking.

Most of all listen, your being coached on how to do well at main board, absorb it, and enjoy it.
 
#7
i_love_ftorres said:
Alex-P said:
wicked thanks very much , so any core knowledge ect required ?? . any books recommend ? that wud be good to carry over to main board
In regards to books i recommend...'So You Really Want to Learn English Book 1'

Not being **** but your asking for advice not 'txtin ur m8s'. Besides come main board you'll be required to write an essay and using 'wud' instead of 'would' will go down like a lead balloon.

The physical side of briefing is just the bleep test and once round the obstacles, it would be far better to spend your time preparing mentally. Get your mental arithmetic in top shape, make sure you can work out fractions, decimals, area etc, practice speed distance time. Read a quality paper, maybe a periodical. Be comfortable with public speaking.

Most of all listen, your being coached on how to do well at main board, absorb it, and enjoy it.
Sloppy! :D

But yes, this is sound advice. Public speaking is undervalued and was certainly the element I most neglected.
 
#9
Aerial said:
i_love_ftorres said:
Alex-P said:
wicked thanks very much , so any core knowledge ect required ?? . any books recommend ? that wud be good to carry over to main board
In regards to books i recommend...'So You Really Want to Learn English Book 1'

Not being **** but your asking for advice not 'txtin ur m8s'. Besides come main board you'll be required to write an essay and using 'wud' instead of 'would' will go down like a lead balloon.

The physical side of briefing is just the bleep test and once round the obstacles, it would be far better to spend your time preparing mentally. Get your mental arithmetic in top shape, make sure you can work out fractions, decimals, area etc, practice speed distance time. Read a quality paper, maybe a periodical. Be comfortable with public speaking.

Most of all listen, your being coached on how to do well at main board, absorb it, and enjoy it.
Sloppy! :D

But yes, this is sound advice. Public speaking is undervalued and was certainly the element I most neglected.
:x I think that is karma in action! My only excuse is it was written in pre pub much haste mode and i don't know the difference between your and you're! I'll lend you that book when i finish it Alex-P :p
 
#11
You asked for advice, take it or leave it.
 
#13
And another thing I would suggest would be learn a clean joke. As you may be asked to tell a joke and if you haven't got one memorised the only jokes you'll have running through your head will involve a nun and a cucumber or such like!
 
#14
i_love_ftorres said:
And another thing I would suggest would be learn a clean joke. As you may be asked to tell a joke and if you haven't got one memorised the only jokes you'll have running through your head will involve a nun and a cucumber or such like!

at MB too? Nuns and cucumbers rate as clean in my repertoire.....
 
#15
Hi all,
I've also got my AOSB breifing in about 2 weeks time, can anyone give examples of specific questions they ask about military knowledge or current affairs? In other words, how in depth do they want the answers to be?
 

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#16
Current affairs is part of the 'group discussion' at Briefing: you aren't directly asked questions but you should be able to demonstrate that you understand what is going on in the world and can talk sensibly about it. Military knowledge centres on the roles and responsibilities of a junior officer, i.e., what you are likely to be doing in the job you're applying for, so do some research on that.
 
#18
Hi all,
I've also got my AOSB breifing in about 2 weeks time, can anyone give examples of specific questions they ask about military knowledge or current affairs? In other words, how in depth do they want the answers to be?
I wouldn't focus on trying to game the system with knowing the exact questions they will ask.

Rather do the following and you'll be successful:-

1. Be yourself (unless you're an idiot)
2. Be confident (but not cocky or arrogant)
3. Be clear and concise in what you say. (don't bluff, if you don't know something - just admit you don't know).
4. Sell yourself (as per any other job interview)(But don't lie)


They will ask you about current affairs. Know what's going on in the world - but also try to have an opinion on why its happening, where you think it might lead and then try to figure out what the implications are for the Armed forces, the country etc. Basically - dont just read and memorise the headlines - have a think about how and why things are happening. Clearly, ISIS and the Ukraine are big news currently - what else is going on? (GE is coming up for one. How do you think that will pan out? What happens if theres another coalition? How's the Ebola Crisis at the minute? What does the new Greek bailout mean for Greece? The EU? are the Germans happy about it? why?)

For the discussion, remember to get your opinion in - but dont talk over people. Be confident enough to interject by all means, but don't cut other people off. Dont get angry if someone disagrees or says something contentious. If you don't say anything, you can be the cleverest bloke in the room - but how would the DS know?

The planning exercise is exactly that. Try to put together the most sensible plan you can, but remember you will be briefing it back to the DS. They will ask you a whole bunch of detailed and difficult questions (deliberately) and will try to make you unsure of yourself.

Your plan may end up being utter b*****ks - but its not about the plan. Its about how you handle yourself, how confident you are in it, and whether the pressure gets to you (they normally ask you all sorts of stuff around distance x time questions, why you picked certain routes, why you chose to take a boat instead instead of the Landrover and all that malarkey).

The ultimate aim of it all is to assess you as a potential leader of men. Try to pass yourself off as such.

As to books and things - it doesnt hurt to take a look at the Army Values and Standards Commanders Edition, Serve to Lead (which you get issued at Sandhurst but is good reading), 19 Platoon. All obvious choices.

I would also suggest a whole bunch of Civvi Leadership books, and some recent Afghanistan based books - but to be honest it wont be of much practical use at AOSB. Although, it will stand you in good stead for the future.

Lastly - "Leadership is just plain you" - Field Marshal Slim.


Edit: I got my Cat.1 pass in 2004 and Commissioned 2006. Just so you know I've been through the AOSB.
 

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