British muslim applying for an officers role

#1
Hi everyone. I hope your all well.

I have started this topic because i have finally applied, for the regular officer role in the army.

First point about me is that i am a muslim, born and bred here. I have had a roller coaster of a life and now i want a career i am passionate about. I want to make 100% use of myself. I am a graduate from cardiff university, from a poor background. Doing a degree i was 'told' to do. Never had passion for it. I didnt like studying it (optometry) i got myself a 2.2. I spent most of my time socialising and gyming. Gym became an obsession. During my second yr of uni my family split and i was made head of my half. The responsibilites changed me as a person. But i had a problem, i still was not motivated to study. The problems continued and i faced bullying, abuse and racial harrasment during my time training to be an optician. Eventually they asked me to leave. And for six months i travelled and spent some time with the half of my family, trying to put things together. I was jobless! Its been six months now. Im back in cardiff now. Looking to reform my life. I dont want to make the same mistake as i did with my degree, thinking long and hard i found something quite natural to me, the army. I love to powerlift and weightlift! I know i do have some 'brain' i did get 390 ucas points 6yrs ago. i feel that the army is the place where i will blossom. Some of my family in pakistan were in the army as corporals and officers. Keep in mind that i am not in touch anyone except my siblings and mother. When i was 14 i spent a day in the west mids army barracks, and i loved it. Though my teacher laughed when i said i wanted to joim saying 'your too small to join, my son is 6'2'

However being a muslims does mean that other muslims will not support me. Only my sister is very excited for me.

I am sorry if anything is confusing.

I want to know what you think of my situation. And what i can expect from the aosb and the army being a muslim?

Thank you.:):):)
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#3
You mention being a Muslim a lot. It's not a big deal, you won't be the first or last Muslim to serve in the army. The soldiers you could potentially lead will care less about your religion than they do about your ability to inspire and lead, so concentrate more on that, and less on sob stories or religion.
 
#4
Your religion doesn't matter, you'll be judged on your ability and how you present yourself so I suggest you look into the AOSB thread on here for all the info you could possibly want. Good luck.
 
#6
A friend of mine is a Muslim TA officer and is going regular this year, I don't know about the regular world but he was quickly accepted by his troop and fits in well, I think largely because he is a good bloke which is, one hopes, what matters.

Beyond that I'm not sure what I can say to help other than that you won't be on your own and if it's what you want to do and you're good at it you should do fine!
 
#8
Hi everyone. I hope your all well.

I have started this topic because i have finally applied, for the regular officer role in the army.

First point about me is that i am a muslim, born and bred here. I have had a roller coaster of a life and now i want a career i am passionate about. I want to make 100% use of myself. I am a graduate from cardiff university, from a poor background. Doing a degree i was 'told' to do. Never had passion for it. I didnt like studying it (optometry) i got myself a 2.2. I spent most of my time socialising and gyming. Gym became an obsession. During my second yr of uni my family split and i was made head of my half. The responsibilites changed me as a person. But i had a problem, i still was not motivated to study. The problems continued and i faced bullying, abuse and racial harrasment during my time training to be an optician. Eventually they asked me to leave. And for six months i travelled and spent some time with the half of my family, trying to put things together. I was jobless! Its been six months now. Im back in cardiff now. Looking to reform my life. I dont want to make the same mistake as i did with my degree, thinking long and hard i found something quite natural to me, the army. I love to powerlift and weightlift! I know i do have some 'brain' i did get 390 ucas points 6yrs ago. i feel that the army is the place where i will blossom. Some of my family in pakistan were in the army as corporals and officers. Keep in mind that i am not in touch anyone except my siblings and mother. When i was 14 i spent a day in the west mids army barracks, and i loved it. Though my teacher laughed when i said i wanted to joim saying 'your too small to join, my son is 6'2'

However being a muslims does mean that other muslims will not support me. Only my sister is very excited for me.

I am sorry if anything is confusing.

I want to know what you think of my situation. And what i can expect from the aosb and the army being a muslim?

Thank you.:):):)
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Open and shut case really - as soon as you learn to differentiate between the two types.
 
#9
It really doesn't matter what your religion is. Just be a good officer.
 
#10
I agree with everyone else on the thread that being a muslim is no big problem..... I would'nt tell anyone you are a trained optician tho, people will well take the mick..........
 
#11
Please remember that I is spelt I and not i as in i-phone and i-pad.

Racist bullying on an optician's course? ****! So that's where the racists are hiding now they've been purged out of the forces, police, customs, UKBA, fire services and prison service!

As said before you will not be the only Muslim in the British Army.

Good luck.
 
#12
And remember, when you type this up in your newspaper, where you heard all this first.
 

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#13
Racists eh? Well they are odd in Wales!

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#15
Hi everyone. I hope your all well.

I have started this topic because i have finally applied, for the regular officer role in the army.

First point about me is that i am a muslim, born and bred here. I have had a roller coaster of a life and now i want a career i am passionate about. I want to make 100% use of myself. I am a graduate from cardiff university, from a poor background. Doing a degree i was 'told' to do. Never had passion for it. I didnt like studying it (optometry) i got myself a 2.2. I spent most of my time socialising and gyming. Gym became an obsession. During my second yr of uni my family split and i was made head of my half. The responsibilites changed me as a person. But i had a problem, i still was not motivated to study. The problems continued and i faced bullying, abuse and racial harrasment during my time training to be an optician. Eventually they asked me to leave. And for six months i travelled and spent some time with the half of my family, trying to put things together. I was jobless! Its been six months now. Im back in cardiff now. Looking to reform my life. I dont want to make the same mistake as i did with my degree, thinking long and hard i found something quite natural to me, the army. I love to powerlift and weightlift! I know i do have some 'brain' i did get 390 ucas points 6yrs ago. i feel that the army is the place where i will blossom. Some of my family in pakistan were in the army as corporals and officers. Keep in mind that i am not in touch anyone except my siblings and mother. When i was 14 i spent a day in the west mids army barracks, and i loved it. Though my teacher laughed when i said i wanted to joim saying 'your too small to join, my son is 6'2'

However being a muslims does mean that other muslims will not support me. Only my sister is very excited for me.

I am sorry if anything is confusing.

I want to know what you think of my situation. And what i can expect from the aosb and the army being a muslim?

Thank you.:):):)
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So....if I understand right.....you are a muslim then?
 
#16
Completely agree with all the other comments - your religion will not matter a jot when you are serving. Why, when I was in some of my friends were ginger...
 
#17
Youre what!? ******* Welsh?? Oh dear.

Seriously though, being Muslim wont affect any chances. Equal Oppotunities etc. They even have Halal/Kosha rations these days. Good luck.
 
#19
being muslamic isn't a prob, being a welsh university drop out who chomps on about religion will more likely thwart your path to glory
 
#20
Can't say I agree with muslims in the Army, whatever though, our country will let any old **** in and give them benefits.
You'll go far on this site, keep it up! :)
 

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