Is it worth going for Officer straight after your A levels?

#1
Hi all, relatively new here!
I've completed my initial Form 4, and will soon book my BARB test.
Now I'm going to cut straight to the point:
Is it worth going for Officer straight after your A levels?

(now for the boo-hoo rant-driven who-gives-a-crap life story).
I'm in my AS year, and I can not wait to join up (great, now i sound like complete twat). My GCSE results were very good, and I am hoping to get A's this year. But i hate the idea of University!

I hated high school. I hated the way we wasted time in lessons, and then when we got home, were expected to do even more work in our own time, for minimal goal.
Now University seems to me like 4 years of more work, and I want to get out of education. Fast.

Of course if the board/etc. would say I might as well get a degree first, i would. But if they tell me "No problem", I have an itch in the back of my mind of the implications, where later on (if i get that far) i would have been far better off trying to get a commission later.

What does the dim, no-brained population of ARRSE think?

P.S. my job aspirations go: Paras, RAC (QDG in my case), then AAC.
 
#2
#5
Hi all, relatively new here!
I've completed my initial Form 4, and will soon book my BARB test.
Now I'm going to cut straight to the point:
Is it worth going for Officer straight after your A levels?

(now for the boo-hoo rant-driven who-gives-a-crap life story).
I'm in my AS year, and I can not wait to join up (great, now i sound like complete twat). My GCSE results were very good, and I am hoping to get A's this year. But i hate the idea of University!

I hated high school. I hated the way we wasted time in lessons, and then when we got home, were expected to do even more work in our own time, for minimal goal.
Now University seems to me like 4 years of more work, and I want to get out of education. Fast.

Of course if the board/etc. would say I might as well get a degree first, i would. But if they tell me "No problem", I have an itch in the back of my mind of the implications, where later on (if i get that far) i would have been far better off trying to get a commission later.

What does the dim, no-brained population of ARRSE think?

P.S. my job aspirations go: Paras, RAC (QDG in my case), then AAC.
Go to university and get a degree. It's three more years of work, but what you get at the end is worth it.
 
#6
You go far my son in this life as a 17/18 year old kid that thinks everyone on here is dim.

If you don't like Uni or the idea of studying in you're own time, then top yourself now, best way really.

Otherwise, if you can get your head around the learning curve and the fact that in any semi-good role in life you'll have to study something in your own time, then go to Uni first - it'll stand you better in the long run. Not just in the forces, but when you leave as well (remember you do have to leave and get a working job at some point).
 
#7
DIM! dim!, I'm not dim, I've got a degree in Asbestos Weaving, you cheeky Monkey.
 
#8
but when you leave as well (remember you do have to leave and get a working job at some point).
Never! I'll never leave! I'll die a 90 year old mess officer if I have to! :pissedoff:Argh, you do have a point, being a middle-aged shelf-stacker does not sound appealing...

DIM! dim!, I'm not dim, I've got a degree in Asbestos Weaving, you cheeky Monkey.
maybe not dim, but cancer ridden? (Inappropriate much?:razz:)
 
#10
Yep, typical officer condidate, you'll go far, sprog!
I'm sure he will - Can't wait until he gets his degree (If he goes for it) then passes ASOB, then gets through Sandhurst, then gets to his troop, then gets on tour to find that his gunner has been wanking in to his spices pot! Ha Ha!
 
#11
I'm sure he will - Can't wait until he gets his degree (If he goes for it) then passes ASOB, then gets through Sandhurst, then gets to his troop, then gets on tour to find that his gunner has been wanking in to his spices pot! Ha Ha!
Oh No, not the spice pot!

I'm guessing all the pampered private-schooled Officers bring those on tour? Perhaps a personal toilet box as well, and half their library collection...

Just a question to add: Can you decide to go for enlistment instead, at any time before you get the commission? e.g your halfway through Sandhurst, and then opt to drop out.
 
#12
Just a question to add: Can you decide to go for enlistment instead, at any time before you get the commission? e.g your halfway through Sandhurst, and then opt to drop out.
Doesn't quite make sense - But I have known at least 2 lads who jonied as soldiers and then were sent to Sandhurst as officers, however, you would not be abel to go to the unit you came from - e.g. If you joined the QDG's as a Trooper, then after Sandhurst you'd have to go to another unit as an officer.
 
#13
Doesn't quite make sense - But I have known at least 2 lads who jonied as soldiers and then were sent to Sandhurst as officers, however, you would not be abel to go to the unit you came from - e.g. If you joined the QDG's as a Trooper, then after Sandhurst you'd have to go to another unit as an officer.
Why is this?
 
#17
Ex Donkey Man - not true. I know a RE soldier who went back to the RE, RMP to the RMP and PARA back to the same Bn.
I'm surprised at that! One lad from ours, I'm not sure what unit he went to and the other to the Int corp.
Maybe they weren't deemed suitible for officers in my old unit.
 
#18
You don't want to end up like an officer I met who was extremely bitter about the fact that officers who had degrees got a better deal.
 
#19
Don't forget about the future, if you leave after 8years as many may, you will struggle in the civvy world to get any job close to the responsibility of officer without a degree. A degree is becoming increasingly common, like a-levels of 20yrs ago. Don't sell yourself short before even starting!
 
#20
You don't want to end up like an officer I met who was extremely bitter about the fact that officers who had degrees got a better deal.
I understand that as an under-graduate, Promotions will be harder to come by, and there is less pay: Another reason to take the Degree route.
Ah, now everything seems to be in favour of waiting. I think the AFCA said that if i go to Uni it can be sponsored by the military, and at the same time I can be with a TA unit (possibly 4 PARA). When i do the BARB test and interview i'll look into that.
Cheers for all the input guys!
 

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