Commonwealth Citizens applying for RMAS?

#1
Gents,

I am currently serving in the Australian Army Reserve (our TA equivilant), as an Officer-Cadet, and have been for 2 years. I will, assuming all the right stars and planets align properly, earn my commission next July as a Lieutenant.

Concurrently I am studying at our national university, and will complete my degree in mid-2010.

This january I am coming to the UK on a university exchange programme, and will be spending the 6 month period also on exchange with one of your OTC outfits.

I have become increasingly interested in coming to RMAS once I have completed my degree, rather than going through RMC Duntroon (again) here in Australia. Whilst with the OTC in the UK I shall be making enquiries, but I was wondering if anybody has had any experience with Commonwealth citizens applying for and attending RMAS?

It appears relatively straightforward for Other Ranks, but I have heard or found no definitive information on Officer entry.

Obviously I will be holding the Queen's Commission on applying for a place at RMAS, will that negate the requirement to attend your selection board? It would, after all, be a rather expensive trip just to attend board. (at over 1000 GBP for a flight). Not interested in any Recognition of Prior Learning beyond that, utterly keen to turn up and complete the entire course with the rest of my cohort.

Cheers in advance,

B.
 
#2
G'day Bond,

I find myself in much the same situation. I am from South Africa and I really want to make the army my career as an officer. I have spoken to a few people about goining to RMAS but all have said that you need a residency of 3 years as a Commonwealth citizen. However they also said are wavier periods are granted to certain cases. I am quite interested to see the replies for this topic as I am still very keen on joining as an officer.

Cheers
 
#3
Gents

Don't quote this as an absolute statement of fact but Aus officers can transfer in to the British Army if they meet certain criteria - not sure what they are. Alternatively, as a member of the Commonwealth you can serve for at least 12 months as a soldier in the ranks of the British Army and then apply for a commission but you can't just rock up and Sandhurst and get in as a Commonwealth chappie.

Not a lot of help I know but hopefully of use.
 
#4
The_Phantom said:
Gents

Alternatively, as a member of the Commonwealth you can serve for at least 12 months as a soldier in the ranks of the British Army and then apply for a commission but you can't just rock up and Sandhurst and get in as a Commonwealth chappie.

Not a lot of help I know but hopefully of use.
would that mean no 5 or 3 year residency? So if I had to rock up and join up as a soldier I could go to Sandhurst after one year?
 
#5
Stewi

Do the sensible thing and ring a recruiter. You can even do it by e'mail over the Army recruitment web site. They'll talk to you pretty well immediately. A long time (sorry, a very long) time ago, a then (Rhodesian) (I did say it was a long time ago) joined my recruit troop almost straight off the aircraft, completed basic (and I suppose gained a recommendation,) passed Westbury in time for a January entry after joining in the prior May.

Best of luck.

Old Rat
 
#6
Thanks, I have e mailed a recruiting officer in the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Did the Rhodie join as an officer or as a soldier?
 
#8
As a serving officer from a commonwealth country you can apply to transfer directly over to the british your CV and all service records are looked at and if suitable a position will be offered in the relavant corps or arm .This option to transfer is not an option at soldier level.
 

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