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British national, grew up in the US. Will my education hurt my chances?

#1
I don't have any GCSEs, A Levels or any other kind of English qualification, but I do have decent scores in all parts of the ACT, SAT and SAT IIs, as well as a few AP grades. Will the Army accept my American qualifications, or will this be an issue?
 
#2
You're more likely to face the issue of residency. Have you lived in the UK for the last 5 years? If I were you I'd go to the nearest Armed Forces Careers Office ASAP to get that point clarified.
 
#4
I moved back to the UK in January of 07, been working a full time job since then. Would that be of huge detriment to me? I do plan on contacting a careers office for full advice when I get a chance.

I'm not too worried about the quality of my education, just whether the qualifications will translate over.

I also have a pretty strong souther accent. I imagine I'll get ragged on pretty much constantly for that, but will it a major issue?
 
#5
I moved back to the UK in January of 07, been working a full time job since then. Would that be of huge detriment to me? I do plan on contacting a careers office for full advice when I get a chance.

I'm not too worried about the quality of my education, just whether the qualifications will translate over.

I also have a pretty strong souther accent. I imagine I'll get ragged on pretty much constantly for that, but will it a major issue?
shouldn't be.

they can equate foreign grades.... mostly.
 
#6
The Army, in fact quite a lot of the UK Government's employment roles, usually require you to have been resident here for between 3 and 5 years. Sometimes that can be waived but you'd have to speak to a recruiter directly. As for your qualifications, you'd have to sit a number of tests during the recruitment process so intelligence is more important than having qualifications.
 
#8
All joking aside, you cannot possibly be the first person to have joined the Army with US educational qualifications. Your accent may be the focus of some humour but should have no bearing on your employment.
 
#11
The Army, in fact quite a lot of the UK Government's employment roles, usually require you to have been resident here for between 3 and 5 years. Sometimes that can be waived but you'd have to speak to a recruiter directly. As for your qualifications, you'd have to sit a number of tests during the recruitment process so intelligence is more important than having qualifications.
he's been resident in the UK for nearly 4 years now. as he hasn't started the application process yet, he'll be heading towards 5 years anyway.

on top of that, he only needs to've been a resident in the UK for at least 5 years if he goes for officer.

i'm applying from abroad and flying over the ADSC next month btw.
 
#12
Thanks for the help folks. My dad was in the Royal Signals back in ye olden times, I'll hassle him for the rest of my questions.

Much appreciated!
 
#13
Thanks for the help folks. My dad was in the Royal Signals back in ye olden times, I'll hassle him for the rest of my questions.

Much appreciated!
no offence but yer old mans info is probably out of date.

you'll get all the info you need online or from a recruitment office.
the offices are staffed by nice enough blokes, as long as you're not a complete chod and respectable.
 
#15
Your academic quals can be worked out from your US quals, Residency will be an issue for certain high techs jobs but seeing you have been residence since 2007 only a few are not available. Go into your nearest ACIO and they will advise better...also read the many forumns on here for tips.
 
#16
Your academic quals can be worked out from your US quals, Residency will be an issue for certain high techs jobs but seeing you have been residence since 2007 only a few are not available. Go into your nearest ACIO and they will advise better...also read the many forumns on here for tips.
The process isn't really as straightforward as that, if the original poster was from a Commonwealth or European country it would be very straight forward.

The problem with the US High School Diploma system is that the school curriculum (read quality) varies between States and a High School Diploma is not really comparable to A Level. That's why they have an additional screening process for Universities such as the SAT (Scholastic Asessment Test).

I would advise presenting all of your transcripts to the ACIO including a copy of your GPA. The more information the Army has about your performance, is more likely to make the difference in recognising your qualification equivalent. To be honest I wouldn't worry about GCSE equivalents, especially as you have made it to High School Senior it's the AS / A levels that may be the issue.

Having said that the BARB test will largely either confirm your suitability for being put forward certain roles or not.

Good luck!
 
#17
The process isn't really as straightforward as that, if the original poster was from a Commonwealth or European country it would be very straight forward.

The problem with the US High School Diploma system is that the school curriculum (read quality) varies between States and a High School Diploma is not really comparable to A Level. That's why they have an additional screening process for Universities such as the SAT (Scholastic Admissions Test).

I would advise presenting all of your transcripts to the ACIO including a copy of your GPA. The more information the Army has about your performance, is more likely to make the difference in recognising your qualification equivalent. To be honest I wouldn't worry about GCSE equivalents, especially as you have made it to High School Senior it's the AS / A levels that may be the issue.

Having said that the BARB test will largely either confirm your suitability for being put forward certain roles or not.

Good luck!
It is quite straight forward actually and having done this with two applicants in similar situations over the last few years I know. The SPSOs for individual CEGs or RG will say if acceptable or not so take in all your certs/results. BARB is to say if they are suitable for CEGs but used in conjunction with all other selection criteria plus academic quals so doesnt matter how well they do on the BARB if the quals don't equate to requirements they wont be able to do that job unless the SPSO is happy that they have equivalent quals. As I said go into the ACIO with your certs and the recruiter can assess your suitability and residency.
 
#18
Mr Iron ( can I call you that?),

As the man at the recruitment office, you are better placed to have an idea of how the Army interprets these things on the ground at the point of sale. Though in a previous life I was part of the team that did the international comparative benchmarking for qualifications, (our system vs the world).
 
#20
Mr Iron ( can I call you that?),

As the man at the recruitment office, you are better placed to have an idea of how the Army interprets these things on the ground at the point of sale. Though in a previous life I was part of the team that did the international comparative benchmarking for qualifications, (our system vs the world).
Of course you can call me that...been called a lot worst :)

Neither of us are wrong, your very accurate in what you put but is is quite a straight forward process and by the end of the day the SPSO/RG will have the final say if they will be allowed to go into that CEG with equivalent grades.
 

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