Appointment needed to attend ACIO?

#1
Hi,

Do I need to make an appointment before attending an ACIO or can I just walk in off the street ?

Was looking to pop into the office in Portadown tomorrow if possible.

Also do I need to bring anything with me ?

Thx
 
#3
Agreed just give them a call first, all AFCO's/ACIOs on the mainland are open to nip in for a chat without appointment but due to the location of Portadown its worth checking first.
 
#4
Thats sound. I have been doing a bit of reading on here and watching some videos off the army website. Seems as though they actually treat the chat in the ACIO as your first interview so to speak without actually informing you. Should I actually prepare somewhat before I go i.e. study all the possible jobs and have an idea of what I would like to do, basically try learn whatever there is off the army website under joining up and have answers for questions like 'Why do you want to join the army' etc? Dont want to walk in there totally clueless and having to be spoon fed. First impressions and all that.
 
#5
Have a look at the Recruiters Advice Sticky in the Joining up Regular forumn...lots of advice on the ICV
 
#6
The only office in NI that requires prior booking is AFCO Belfast due to other departments within the wire, however Enniskillen, Portadown and Coleraine are pop in offices, in fact my office in the SE has more security than the NI ones........crazy but true.
 
#7
#8
The only office in NI that requires prior booking is AFCO Belfast due to other departments within the wire, however Enniskillen, Portadown and Coleraine are pop in offices, in fact my office in the SE has more security than the NI ones........crazy but true.
It's mad, but the CIO here in Norwich installed bulletproof glass and extra security doors a couple of years ago, despite not having had any security measures at all for a very long time.
 
#9
Have a look at the Recruiters Advice Sticky in the Joining up Regular forumn...lots of advice on the ICV
Cheers - will do.

The only office in NI that requires prior booking is AFCO Belfast due to other departments within the wire, however Enniskillen, Portadown and Coleraine are pop in offices, in fact my office in the SE has more security than the NI ones........crazy but true.
You sure about this - driving up from Dublin so dont want a wasted trip.

Sure I'll call them first just to be on the safe side.

Thx
 
#11
Yes, I'm sure I was the office manager of Enniskillen then Portadown and policy was the same, just be prepared to turn your watch back 30 odd years when travelling through some of the more, how do we say it.......colourful banner/flag strewn areas thats both sides, the lads who came up from Dublin, Cork, Skibereen, Killkenny etc found it most humerous and having just spent a week in Cork I can now see why
 
#12
This link will maybe of some help, you will need to phone for an appointment.

ACIO Portadown - British Army Website

Good luck for your future.
Yes, I'm sure I was the office manager of Enniskillen then Portadown and policy was the same, just be prepared to turn your watch back 30 odd years when travelling through some of the more, how do we say it.......colourful banner/flag strewn areas thats both sides, the lads who came up from Dublin, Cork, Skibereen, Killkenny etc found it most humerous and having just spent a week in Cork I can now see why
Appreciate it - thanks.
 
#14
I didn't need to book an appointment at my ACIO but I guess it differs from office to office.
Slightly different in Northern Ireland, due to security reasons.
 

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