Well chaps, if the selection to be an Army Officer was decided on first impressions, I'd've definitely been chucked in the gutter after my visit to 'see' my ACA today. Interview for 10am, arrive at 9:40, well on time, smartly dressed, shiny shoes, shiny mind. "Good start" was the thought buzzing through my head; I sat down and waited for the impending interview with the Colonel when the Sgt comes to me and says "Are you Rooster523?" "Yes I am" "Well Rooster523, it appears you've turned up for your interview at the wrong careers office..." "I beg your pardon!" "I've just got off the phone with the Colonel and your interview is not being held here, but in the barracks about a mile and a half down the road" "But this is the Army Careers Office? The LCpl on the phone said it was being held here" "Your letter states otherwise" and he digs out a photcopy of my letter which does indeed indicate my interview was being held elsewhere... Deep Joy. So off I sprint out of the careers office and gear up (that's right, I rode a motorbike to the interview) and pelt it towards the alternative destination, it's 10:10 now and I am well and truly crapping myself. I follow the directions given to me by the very smug Sgt (who seemed all to happy to point and laugh at the Officer wannabe who couldn't read a map) and abandon my in the car park. With the motorcycle gear hastily fastened to the bike, I grab my documents and proceed to sprint down the road in accordance with the Sgt's directions and wait to see a sign saying X house. A mile and half's worth of running in full suit (which took about 10 minutes) and I'm yet to see a sign indicating the building of my interview.... It's now 10:30 and I'm sweating more than a pregnant nun. I whip out the mobile and went to call the Colonel, in an attempt to explain the situation. Full battery, full signal; my Army dreams could yet be alive. I dial the number....nothing, look at the phone and low and behold it's dead, as much life as a Northumbrian fugitive. Admitting defeat at 10:40, I trudge back to the bike to find out the car park is infact a pay and display and yes, that means motorbike's too. That's £25 and an hour of my life I'll never get back then. Luckily, after a profusely apologetic phonecall, the interview has been rescheduelled for a month's time, not the ideal way to start your Army Officer application.... And. after all this effort, I still haven't spoken this mythical Colonel, is it a man/woman/wildebeest? I'm hoping I'll find out in a month or so. A long post, but very much a 'what not to do guide' to your ACA interview.