oDD PERSON lAWSOME, LOOK AT SOME OF THE COMPLETE RETARDS THAT WORKED FOR YOU AND i?Scarily the majority get through, Lawsomes and me, or Jhonnos and me and we would be ok, but they keep letting in these people that insist on going tiffy................Jhonno and Lawsome.............cnuts
By the way its Sparnferkel tomorrow( Pig on a spit day!!)..........enjoy whaqt ever you are doing, I am noshing the wild one!!
However, the Army wants to know that you have the ability to absorb what you are taught and then use that knowledge to use or repair the equipment. That is the primary purpose of the BARB; to sort recruits into the trades for which they are most suitable.
For a REME Vehicle Mechanic, a basic knowledge of vehicle engineering is a good starter. What makes an internal combustion engine work? How does a gearbox work? A clutch? Why use hydraulics? How does an alternator work? How do lead-acid batteries work? Why is the type of oil used in an equipment so important? What are the principles of refrigeration?
In terms of maths, IIRC, you will need some basic algebra to be able to cope with the equations. Knowing how and when to solve a quadratic equation will put you streets ahead of your cohort!!
All of that information is readily available in your local library or can be downloaded from the Web. But don't dive in too deeply - you'll frighten yourself if you didn't cover the topics in school.
I reckon that hand skills are just as important. Have you used a hacksaw, a file, a screwdriver, a soldering iron or a spanner etc in anger? With the demise of technical training in schools, lots of recruits have never used hand tools, and the days of being able to dismantle and repair most home appliances have long gone. REME tradesmen are expected to get their hands dirty all the time - and are taught to use hand tools.