JOTAC

#2
JOTAC is a really good course. It is (or was when I did it) extremely well taught and resourced, quite the opposite from MK1&2!

You should enjoy it, the best bit about it that the syndicates are mixed (i.e. contain officers from different arms and services), this means that you feed off each other's experience, rather than just learning from your instructor.

In terms of pre-course work, get your Nyrex folder up to date, have a look at the 7 Questions and get a good ground brief format. Other than that, just pack your best drinking trousers!
 
#3
#5
Starting next week anyone else here in attendance????

Thanks for the e-Nirex, will be very useful
 
#6
Don't suppose anyone knows the dates of the next JOTC course starting after 26 August? Apparently I'm being loaded onto one, and it would be nice to know dates, but apparently it's not important to allow me to plan my life in any way shape or form.

Thanks
 
#7
Army?

Plan life?

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha - bonk - fell of my chair and cracked my chin on the desk.

I don't know the dates, but maybe if you try the LWC at Warminster that run the course, last time I spoke to the course secretary, they were very helpful. I don't have the number, but it should be on LWC webpage (guessing) or readily available...
 
#9
does anyone have the date until XMAS? Before I get shouted down the LWC website is still under construction, I don't have an adjt at the moment (not that you'd notice the difference) and the info doesn't appear to be available through Armynet. REally i'd like to know the date of the last one this year. thanks.
 
#11
Syndicate work - lots of 7 questions estimates and planning. I did one of the first courses a few years ago, but I don't think it has changed so much.

As for prep, just have the usual military stuff in mind - 7 questions, principles of war, etc, all the usual stuff straight from a Sandhurst crib.

If not the All Arms Tactical Aide Memoir (TAM) will be handy - in a green ring binder, smaller than A5, should be available from your unit publications library or a local infantry unit. A nyrex with Tactical stuff in it - 7 Qs format, estimate process, ground briefing card. JOTAC is the Junior Officer Tactics Appreciation Course - so pretty similar to what you will have done at Sandhurst as a Pl Comd etc, but one level up.

One of the main things about the course is that it is All Arms - you will be placed in a syndicate with many other cap badges and different experiences. Use the syndicate as a whole to solve the problems. As a medic you will have specialised knowledge to bring to the table!
 
#14
Angry, you can't fail but you can waste a good chance to improve yourself professionally. Give it your best and it'll see you right. Each syndicate is fairly well ballanced and what you bring to the table will be useful - so don't scrimp.

I think the next course kicks off on Mon 3 Sep and lasts for 3 weeks but I'd phone the clerk, who's good and who'll be happy to give you the exact details. Her number must be on the web pages somewhere.

I's certainly blow a few hours on the 7 Q, the make up of an AI battlegroup and bring yer coloured pencils.

Enjoy
 
#15
I managed to 'acquire' a JOTAC crib card. They're the dogs danglies with all the staff principles and functions that you'd need up until you're really pretending to know what you're on about! If anyone has the Pdf (or whatever) its out on i'd appreciate a copy!
 
#16
Currently half-way around the world, so I shall wait until I get back in a few weeks to find out if I'm on that course rather than calling the clerk.

I plan on making the most of the course, passed my MK1 exam about 18 months ago, and can't remember sweet FA of it - is it true you take an MK1 test at the start of the course?
 
#17
I did it in Dec 05, and thought it was fantastic. As much a networking opportunity as anything else - you'll learn as much from your syndicate as from your instructors. As others have said, know your 7 Questions, and be able to give a ground brief off the top of your head. And standby to drink a lot.
 
#18
To disagree slightly with the effusive praise JOTAC has so far received: the fact that it's an awareness course means that you don't go into a huge amount of depth on most of the serials. So, for instance, I didn't think that as much was drawn out of the TEWTs as could have been if they'd been taken a bit further / enough time had been allocated to get into the detail.

However:
* Overall it was still a good course and lots to learn.
* I fully agree with the networking comments - awesome chance to catch up with old mates and learn through the power of stinking chat!
* It is a couple of years since I did it.
 
#19
nasch said:
To disagree slightly with the effusive praise JOTAC has so far received: the fact that it's an awareness course means that you don't go into a huge amount of depth on most of the serials. So, for instance, I didn't think that as much was drawn out of the TEWTs as could have been if they'd been taken a bit further / enough time had been allocated to get into the detail.
However:
* Overall it was still a good course and lots to learn.
* I fully agree with the networking comments - awesome chance to catch up with old mates and learn through the power of stinking chat!
* It is a couple of years since I did it.
That's true, actually - thinking back, the TEWTS in particular were sped through at a fair rate of knots. I can only guess that this was driven by lack of available daylight.
 
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