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Way back in 1994 I got 87. I joined the infantry too. Believe me fellas (and girlies) being infantry is not just for thickets. I know plenty of infantry bods who are far smarter than I. Unfortunately, I should balance that point by saying I have met some people who arent particularly clever too.
So lets not get too snooty about your BARB test score eh.
The problem we have is that a job is more than just a BARB score. I'm serving with the RMP which has a high score required to get in, however what the BARB test does not test is common sense and you'd be amazed at the amount of people who can ace the problems set out in the BARB test but find it difficult to tie their own shoe laces.
Lowest score is 26 for infantry and 60 is the highest for RMP but then obviously you need MAQ's, TST ect for lts of the tech jobs.
In my time of recruiting we did have one lad who got 5, 11 and finally 17 and his brother wasnt much better. The highest i personnally know of got 83 but another recruiter i spoke to says he had a 87. As said this does not measure common sense and if a thickie like me can get 72 then theres hope for everyone, there wasnt the BARB in 87 when i went through. Even though the booklet looks easy a bit of advice for everyone is read through and practice, practice , practice as it can change your life if you dont get high enough.
A typical example of the common sense aspect of this, I went through basic training with a guy who got 79 on his BARB Test.
This guy could clear even the most cryptic of crosswords in a matter of minutes, his brain was programmed to think logic all the time. Really intelligent guy.
However his fingers were always burned and blistered because when he did his ironing he would test to see if the iron was hot enough by placing his hand on it. You would think that after the first time he burned his fingers he would learn his lesson but not this fellow, I saw him do it 6 times in basic training, each time followed by a sprint to the ablutions to place his hand under a tap.
BARB Tests really are the best way to test a persons intelligence.
I cant remember the score but was told didnt score high enough to do anything I wanted and walked out a RLC driver so I take it I didnt do well, and that was with Standard Grades and Highers on my Qual sheet.
I got 65 myself and went for engineers. The lowest score I seen was when I had to go to the trg sgts office in phase 1 but no one was there. I went to the desk and saw a sheet with all the scores from the troop.
Well, what's a guy to do?
So anyway I saw this particular score for an RLC recruit of 37. Had to go back and enlighten the troop cos this lying bastard was telling everyone hed got 50 something but couldn't remember the exact score. Wasn't surprised by his score though, it did explain a lot!!
I must of done really bad then, if 37 is all you need for RLC, I knew I done bad but didnt think I done that bad. Maybe it was a different Test in my day well Il use that as my excuse to save what lettle face I have now.