Becoming Army Officer after Uni

#1
Hello,

In 2020 I'll finish my Bachelor's degree and I'd love to go Sandhurst and become an Army Officer. I've watched a documentary and I saw that the cadets live in barracks there, monday to friday, and are only allowed to go home on weekends. However on the UK Army website it says that, generally, you work 8-5 type of hours when in the Army. I understand that this statement may not apply for Sandhurst in terms that you're not free to go home after 5pm, which will put a strain on me and my fiancée's relationship. So it would be ideal if there is a route to becoming an Army Officer, while being able to come back home in the evenings. Is there? Is the only alternative going regular and trying to climb the ladder there? Do regulars go home every evening? Thank you very much in advance, and a happy new year!

Juice
 
#2
In the Field Army you go home (if married or live close, otherwise you live on base in a room)

Sandhurst officer training whether you were an ex ranker or not you will only go home on free weekends (of which there aren't many in the year!) or on block leave

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Brotherton Lad

LE
Kit Reviewer
#3
OCdts are not allowed out of the Academy for the first 5 weeks when they get a long weekend. There is often training on other weekends and there are periods of leave at Easter, summer and Christmas. Some of that leave is spent away on Adv Trg.

You would also not be working 8 till 5 at Sandhurst. It's a very busy 44 weeks.
 
#4
generally, you work 8-5 type of hours when in the Army. I understand that this statement may not apply for Sandhurst in terms that you're not free to go home after 5pm, which will put a strain on me and my fiancée's relationship.
If she cannot cope with you not being home at 5 every day then how will she cope when you're deployed away in foreign climes? The UK Army is not home based and does not usually work only office hours.
 

Joker62

ADC
Book Reviewer
#6
Bin her and carry on!
 
#7
How's she coping with you being in Germany on your internship at present?
 
#8
How's she coping with you being in Germany on your internship at present?
Darn, I missed the bit about him being a Johnny Foreigner! After Brexit all foreigners are being rounded up and sent home, we call it tough love.
 
#11
Bin her and carry on!
As the Joker said, bin her, I'm sure their will be other temptations along during your career, especially when your eventually out on the piss, gobbing off about being a young tom, flashing your MOD90 to the ladies, tales of derring do, invite them to the functions etc
 
#12
Although it's not impossible to have both a fiancé and be an OCdt/Young Officer, I would recommend against it in the strongest terms.

Bin her and have an awesome time in the Army, or forget about the Army and devote your whole life and finances to her.

One or the other. Doing both is the worst of both worlds.
 
#13
Although it's not impossible to have both a fiancé and be an OCdt/Young Officer, I would recommend against it in the strongest terms.

Bin her and have an awesome time in the Army, or forget about the Army and devote your whole life and finances to her.

One or the other. Doing both is the worst of both worlds.

What would you say to those OCdts who already have partners and occasionally children?
 
#14
What would you say to those OCdts who already have partners and occasionally children?
That what they are doing isn't impossible - if they already have kids or are married then crack on. Take the first few years on the chin and hope for some stability once the rank of Capt is reached.

Having a girlfriend (a fiancé is a girlfriend with a ring on, assuming no children) is different. If any OCdt chooses to do Sandhurst bearing that burden, then that's their choice, but my advice is to make a clean break and enjoy life.
 
#16
That what they are doing isn't impossible - if they already have kids or are married then crack on. Take the first few years on the chin and hope for some stability once the rank of Capt is reached.

Having a girlfriend (a fiancé is a girlfriend with a ring on, assuming no children) is different. If any OCdt chooses to do Sandhurst bearing that burden, then that's their choice, but my advice is to make a clean break and enjoy life.
That would be a fiancée.
 
#19
Although it's not impossible to have both a fiancé and be an OCdt/Young Officer, I would recommend against it in the strongest terms.

Bin her and have an awesome time in the Army, or forget about the Army and devote your whole life and finances to her.

One or the other. Doing both is the worst of both worlds.
Rubbish. Mrs rTruxx and I had a grand old time at Sandbags ( she was just gf at the time). We decided to spend the rest of our lives together at about 0130 hrs on 4th June 1977 after consuming our own bodyweight in Moet at the June Ball. We have had a brilliant time in t'army and after and we will be popping a moet cork shortly, 40 plus years later.
 
#20
If she cannot cope with you not being home at 5 every day then how will she cope when you're deployed away in foreign climes? The UK Army is not home based and does not usually work only office hours.

In the new modern army, people will pick and chose what hours suits them, at least that's the impression I got from a brief on NEM.
 

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