Army Officer Scholarship

Hi everyone, I recently just passed my medical and seem to be on track with the scholarship scheme. I have a few questions about the scholarship which I’m not able to find online so any information would be much appreciated!

Can scholar’s start at RMAS after college? I’m considering going to university but it could be a possibility that I join after finishing my A levels.

How does the Army Scholarship Selection Board (ASSB) differ from AOSB? I’m assuming standards are similar however there’s little information about ASSB online. Can anyone shed some light on this?

If I’m not awarded the scholarship and choose to go through the normal selection process could I be put on a waiting list for main board?
 
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Yes, you can go straight to Sandhurst instead of uni; a Scholarship does not obligate you to go to uni. It is unusual (and the Army may not be very supportive) but it is not unheard of. The detail of such things you can find out later, just concentrate on first getting the Scholarship for now.
The merits of going to uni or not are a separate question.

I went to Westbury for a Scholarship several years ago so will be out of date on the specifics. However, it is essentially the same tests as for AOSB. As I recall, we did mental aptitude tests (verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning), planning exercise, individual obstacle course, essay-writing, current affairs discussions, interviews and some fitness tests.
You will be given all the information you need within the Joining Instructions closer to the date.
Put the time and effort into preparing yourself fully for all elements.

I failed to win a Scholarship so went via normal AOSB. My Scholarship application had no real bearing on my regular application in terms of being put on waiting lists or suchlike. Personally, I took away a lot from the experience and it stood me in good stead when I returned as an adult: I knew firsthand what it was like.

I have two bits of advice I’d like to share with anybody who fails to win a Scholarship. Firstly, make sure you do get as much feedback as possible. Secondly, it is not the end of the dream. There are lots of routes into the Army. This is just one of them. Accept it, learn from it, go and enjoy life and return for AOSB in a few years. It is not that the Army does not want you, it is just that the Army does not want you yet!

Best of luck!
 
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Yes, you can go straight to Sandhurst instead of uni; a Scholarship does not obligate you to go to uni. It is unusual (and the Army May not be very supportive) but it is not unheard of. The detail of such things you can find out later, just concentrate on first getting the Scholarship for now.
The merits of going to uni or not are a separate question.

I went to Westbury for a Scholarship several years ago so will be out of date on the specifics. However, it is essentially the same tests as for AOSB. As I recall, we did mental aptitude tests (verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning), planning exercise, individual obstacle course, essay-writing, current affairs discussions, interviews and some fitness tests.

I failed to win a Scholarship so went via normal AOSB. My Scholarship application had no real bearing on my regular application in terms of being put on waiting lists or suchlike. Personally, I took away a lot from the experience and it stood me in good stead when I returned as an adult: I knew firsthand what it was like.

I have two bits of advice I’d like to share to anybody who fails to win a Scholarship. Firstly, make sure you do get as much feedback as possible. Secondly, it is not the end of the dream. There are lots of routes into the Army. This is just one of them. Accept it, learn from it, go and enjoy life and return for AOSB in a few years. It is not that the Army does not want you, it is just that the Army does not want you yet!

Best of luck!
Thanks for clearing that up for me. I’m prepared that I may not be given the scholarship but understand it will be very good experience, especially to see how I performed in each aspect would definitely help for AOSB.

I know in previous years the scholarship has been awarded to only around a 100 people as the army is taking a risk investing in young people 2-6 years before they start at RMAS but I was told at my insight course by an officer that anyone who passes the ASSB standards will receive the scholarship. I’m not sure how reliable this information is but I can see some truth in it. Would anyone know anything about this?

Also is anyone aware of how many people were awarded the scholarship in 2018?
 
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Btw, if you don’t want to go straight to uni because you aren’t academic then fine but if it’s because you are impatient to get into the Army then have a look at doing a gap year commission.
Gap Year Commission - British Army Jobs
Take a year out to achieve or prove what you want to achieve or prove. Then, with money in your pocket, you can go to uni having got it out of your system, having achieved something, guaranteed a part-time job (Reserve Officer) at uni, and having an open door into the regular Army after uni.
Just a thought...
 
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This is not a facetious answer*

Pay attention to your spelling and grammar. Make a habit of it now so that it will come naturally to you during your application. Little things count when you are in competition with other applicants.


*Well, maybe a little bit.
 

toben

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Thanks for clearing that up for me. I’m prepared that I may not be given the scholarship but understand it will be very good experience, especially to see how I performed in each aspect would definitely help for AOSB.

I know in previous years the scholarship has been awarded to only around a 100 people as the army is taking a risk investing in young people 2-6 years before they start at RMAS but I was told at my insight course by an officer that anyone who passes the ASSB standards will receive the scholarship. I’m not sure how reliable this information is but I can see some truth in it. Would anyone know anything about this?

Also is anyone aware of how many people were awarded the scholarship in 2018?
Just thought I could give some information regarding the scholarship. I went for the scholarship in 2018 and was lucky enough to get awarded it. During my ASSB we were also told that rather than competing with each other to get awarded the scholarship, we could be awarded one as long as we achieved the standards required. I was told maybe 15-20 were awarded however I'm not sure of the accuracy of that figure. Regarding what is still on the course, God-fearing Pagan pretty much nailed it on the head.

Regarding going straight to Sandhurst post A-levels, that is also what I'm interested in and once in U6 you would get sent information by your CSM enquiring about your post A-level plans and the options available to you. This is then when you may specify if you wish to go uni or direct and then this is again confirmed once you receive your results. Often the next step for a DE would be either the January or May commissioning course as by the time you confirm your options the September course will likely be full.

Hope this gives a bit more info and for any more specifics then feel free to message me.
 
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Glad_its_all_over

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I am extremely old and smell distinctly of wee, plus my Army service was both several generations ago and on the wrong side of the tracks from commissioned officers, but it does seem to me that you'd be unnecessarily disadvantaging yourselves by not getting degree'd up before going to RMAS. Direct Entry Officer is now, effectively, a graduate profession and if you're looking for a career, you're going to need to factor in the need to secure at least a Masters by mid-career.

The soldiers you command won't give a toss one way or the other whether you have a degree, but those overseeing the great game of the Army Officers' Career Structure (for which the entire Army is a bearer ecology) will.

I shall now leave it to some of Her Majesty's trusted and well-beloved et cetera, specifically those in whom she reposes confidence, to give me the lie.
 

toben

Crow
I am extremely old and smell distinctly of wee, plus my Army service was both several generations ago and on the wrong side of the tracks from commissioned officers, but it does seem to me that you'd be unnecessarily disadvantaging yourselves by not getting degree'd up before going to RMAS. Direct Entry Officer is now, effectively, a graduate profession and if you're looking for a career, you're going to need to factor in the need to secure at least a Masters by mid-career.

The soldiers you command won't give a toss one way or the other whether you have a degree, but those overseeing the great game of the Army Officers' Career Structure (for which the entire Army is a bearer ecology) will.

I shall now leave it to some of Her Majesty's trusted and well-beloved et cetera, specifically those in whom she reposes confidence, to give me the lie.
For quite a while I was strongly considering uni due to the points which you noted, however I still think the option is increasing in popularity now especially due to the much increased army advertising about joining up as a non-grad. Since September 2017 there has also been another option with the army offering a BSc in Leadership and Strategic Studies with the University of Reading and Henley Business School. Sandhurst counts as a 1/3 of the degree and then the remaining can be completed in the following 4 years post commissioning. The option to go on to study for a masters is then open and so this may appeal to those wishing to go to Sandhurst as a non-grad.
 

Glad_its_all_over

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For quite a while I was strongly considering uni due to the points which you noted, however I still think the option is increasing in popularity now especially due to the much increased army advertising about joining up as a non-grad. Since September 2017 there has also been another option with the army offering a BSc in Leadership and Strategic Studies with the University of Reading and Henley Business School. Sandhurst counts as a 1/3 of the degree and then the remaining can be completed in the following 4 years post commissioning. The option to go on to study for a masters is then open and so this may appeal to those wishing to go to Sandhurst as a non-grad.
Your call, of course, but that seems to me to be quite a lot of gaming the system for not very much in the way of a return usable outside the Army. If you're a Royal Signals officer, with a degree in Botany, Renaissance Architecture or Modern Dance (the key subjects for Direct Entry officers in that technical Corps), you'll have something useful when you find yourself on the outside, eventually. Other cap badges ditto, of course.

I'm not sure how much I'd enjoy, as a young officer with a platoon or a troop to command and in company with my peers in the Mess, with a disposable income, having to spend most evenings and weekends struggling with a distance learning degree.
 

Glad_its_all_over

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Just to follow up with a more general point I try to make to the young ladies and gentlemen contemplating an officer career, incidentally - the point of being an Army officer is to have the unrivaled opportunity, privilege and crushing burden of responsibility, disappointment, hilarity and sheer incredulity of commanding British soldiers. That's the job - leading men and women in peace and war, ably assisted by those paragons of virtue and rectitude, the senior NCOs and Warrant Officers, of course.

I gather from friends that the careless life of a subaltern, at the troop or platoon command level, is a fond and happy memory for most officers and represents the closest they'll likely ever get to the basic Brit squaddie, who is a complex, intelligent, devious, dishonest, gallant, cynical and hilarious beast and will constantly find new ways to frustrate, anger and inspire you. Spending much of that time bent over books, in between day-on, day-off Orderly Officer because the Adjutant's an ********, seems like a bit of a waste to me. Still, your call.
 

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