Day to day routine for a junior officer?

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  1. I was wondering what junior officers do on a day to day basis while obviously not on operations? I've read a lot of material on the day to day routine of officers while on ops but thought I would see if I could gain an insight into the daily routine of a juniour officer while back in blighty! Many thanks in advance!
  2. Make brews, generally. The good ones also take care to do a bit of attentive listening, too.
  3. mong it round camp, being bloody useless, then eff up soldiers SJARS, hide from the Adj and RSM, make us do exercise which gives them a tick in the box, two types from rich daddy and mummy and comprehensive school sports captain, both have chips on there shoulders, and inspect soldiers on Monday mornings that have seen and done more than them pick em up for some minor wardrobe function whilst dressed like worzel gummidges mum.
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  4. 0900-ish: You are woken with a steaming mug of tea, brought to you by Pte Halitosis, the 'batty' you share with 2 other Subs. As he prepares your warm bowl and shaving mug, you may consider the full day ahead and the active part you will play in Regimental life.

    0930: Buffed, dressed and breakfasted (kedgeree, toast, juices) you make your way to the Platoon office - carefully avoiding the Adjutant and his unwanted questions concerning last night's antics with the Sikh war drum, seized at Mudki in 1845 - you are briefed on the training programme by your Platoon Sgt, Sgt Grimshaw. Though you feel you should pay closer attention, your overwhelming memory of this time is how like Dr Who he seems. As the men have already left for the range and will not return until after tiffin, you firmly decide that things are much better left in Grimshaw's capable hands - he has medals, after all - and, after having sat in the swivel chair for 10 minutes, you are reminded that it's almost time for the meeting of the Mess Wines Committee.

    1000 to 1130: Meeting of the Mess Wines Committee. Amazed to discover that the fines incured by you and 'Stiffy' Brown-Cardigan are sufficient to fund the Pimms requirement for Spring Ball.

    1130-ish: Too late to go back to the Coy lines - you and Stiffy elect to read the Times and Viz, swapping on the quarter hour, until luncheon.

    1200-1300: Luncheon. Salmon en croute. Passable.

    1300-1500: As your chaps are............errm.............somewhere and Stiffy is super numerary, you both decide that maybe it's best to stay put and not incur the wrath of the Adj. You both agree to 'stag on' (as the chaps say) each for the half hour and keep cave for anything of Field rank or above.

    1500-1515: Tiffin, served by Pte Halitosis. Bloody good chap, actually. From the North,
    Stiffy says.

    1700-ish: Bugger. Is that the time? Must have nodded orf. Time to bathe and get dressed for Dinner. Fortunately, the senior Major will not be at table tonight as he's attending a Gender Reassignment Workshop. Bloody good.........errm........chap, actually.

    1830 -not quite sure, actually. Bloody good evening, though: That chap from the AGC got his Captaincy today. Odd fish - very intense. Does sport. Running. And soccer, according to Stiffy. Apparently, the Bn are very good at rugger. So Grimshaw says. Must be true. Bloody good chap, Grimshaw. Maybe it's time to entertain the Mess: where's that Sikh drum? Got to have a party for that new Captain. Bloody good chap, actually...................

    Of course, none of this maybe true.
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  5. Superb effort and very enjoyable! Was hoping for a more satirical account of an officers routine if possible! ;)

    But being serious, would anyone be able to give a genuine routine please? Cheers chaps! ;)
  6. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    As a YO you will have a routine like:

    You will get up when told
    You will do what you are told
    You will go to bed when you are told.

    That just about sums it up, except that you will probably be doing day on day off Orderly Officer for all the ****-ups not doing what you are told, so that is your evening/weekend sorted.
  7. Could'nt help it. Soz.

    A-Y has it pretty much. Leading on from that, once you've proved that you can look after yourself and your head has'nt exploded from all the information stuffed into it, you may - MAY - be lucky and be given 30 of GB's finest to look after. To assist you in this task, you are given a mentor, a chap with 3 stripes on his arm. Look on him as the slightly older half-brother that you're not sure if he's taking the piss or telling you Good Stuff. It will be both., these 30 men, when in barracks, will fight, drink, fight again, go home and not come back, steal things and sell them to you, drink, shag until their teeth fall out, lose things, drink, fight and you are expected to pick up the pieces from this lot. Also, you will train. You will train how to, individually and collectively, mete out controlled violence to Betty's enemies. Some of this will be fun: most of it will be v boring. Throughout this period, you will get in the shit, your men will get in the shit and you will get the bollocking. And rightly so (see A-Y above). For you are their leader.

    Then you will go to war. Some of it will be v boring. Some of it will result in such an intense awareness that you can count every hair on your head. Other times, one or more of these 30 men will make you laugh so much that you wee yourself. Then you will come home. Sometimes, only 29 of you come home to drink and fight and steal, etc. And you will feel sad.

    .............and then you get to do it all again.
  8. Brilliant insight! Thank you very much! See I wasn't aware of there being a point where a a commissioned officer after Sandhurst that you would be stuck in limbo not responsible for any men, how long would this period last and what would be involved during this period?
  9. Sarastro

    Sarastro LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Of course, nobody has mentioned yet that it completely depends on which job you go into. Though the accounts above might apply to teeth arms, I'd argue it's not quite as bleak nowadays as is depicted above, and you can mix in about 30% of your time on exercise preparing for ops, and another 20% of your time on courses preparing for ops. Moreover, there are arms where you actually do stuff when you are back in the UK (whether it boring like learning to fly helichoppers, or learning blow people up / not blow yourself up; super fun like intelligence roles; or super, super fun like AGC admin) and aren't quite so much a slave to the deployment cycle and the mess.

    Bear in mind that only the minority of people who commission from RMAS go into teeth arms, so working out what you do when back in the UK for everyone else might be a good idea...and to head off the obvious question, ask people from each arm or role individually (the arm forums here might be an idea), because there are a lot out there.
  10. any sort of rough idea as the scale of this minority?
  11. I think for the RAC you're looking at around 55 - 60 per year
  12. Ah - but the Combat Support and Combat Service Support Arms do just that - support the combat arms or provide service support to them, so are still tied in to the cycle. I don't think many cap badges see you doing an op and then coming back to the UK or Ge to do NOTHING for an age, until you pick up your next tour. AGC, REME, RLC could be attached to the Combat Arm (Inf or RAC) as a 2Lt or with their regiment (presumbaly still looking after a troop/platoon of guys). The daily routine if not on ops MUST rotate around training for a purpose, training individuals to prepare them for a role or promotion and prhaps training yourself.
  13. Cheers lads