Officer Insight Courses

#1
Hi,

I will be going on an officer insight course at Blandford Camp, Jul 28th-Aug 1st 2008.

I was wondering if any else will be attending and whether anyone has attended an officer insight course before and could offer some tips.

Gobby
 
#2
Been on loads when I was younger (warminster one was great, try and get in on that!). They are always a good laugh. Basically be yourself (they dont want a finished product) and speak up but dont be loud or obnoxious.

Other than that just take them as they come and dont embarass yourself.
On an insight course in Scotland I met a girl there who "hooked up" with one of the lads (lucky bar steward), she got found out and it was held against her (he on the other hand was hailed as a legend).

edited for mongy spelling
 
#3
fusil89 said:
Been on loads when I was younger (warminster one was great, try and get in on that!). They are always a good laugh. Basically be yourself (they dont want a finished product) and speak up but dont be loud or obnoxious.

Other than that just take them as they come and dont embarass yourself.
On an insight course in Scotland I met a girl there who "hooked up" with one of the lads (lucky bar steward), she got found out and it was held against her (he on the other hand was hailed as a legend).

edited for mongy spelling
Is warminster the RA?
 
#4
RA?

It was the infantry officers look at life (because it is the land warfare centre). you got to handle a bunch of captured weapons (soviet stuff, AK's, Dragunovs etc), check the weapons museum (fantastic) and bomb round in a bunch of warriors (I felt like Rommel in the command turret).

Also got to talk to a bunch of serving officers and soldiers as well as some lads froma sniper platoon. It was a good few days.
 
#5
I attended one last year at ATR Winchester, best week of my life! Met such a good range of people that I still keep in touch with today. As said be yourself, dont be loud but dont be to quiet. I guarentee you will be sad to come back home! The insight course is great at giving a overall view of the army, everyone who went certaintly expressed intertest about going to Sandhurst. If you want anymore infomation then PM me.

Good luck but most of all have fun!

A_M
 
#6
I attended one at Colchester Barracks in July 07. It was jointly run by the Royal Anglians and Parachute Regiment, as ARMY_MAD has said, it was one of the best weeks of my life, truly awesome!

I am booked onto another course in July at Grantham, does anyone know what Regiments are based there? I had a bit of a google and found a few sentences about a TA base........ surely it has regulars?!!?

Jamie
 
#7
fusil89 said:
RA?

It was the infantry officers look at life (because it is the land warfare centre). you got to handle a bunch of captured weapons (soviet stuff, AK's, Dragunovs etc), check the weapons museum (fantastic) and bomb round in a bunch of warriors (I felt like Rommel in the command turret).

Also got to talk to a bunch of serving officers and soldiers as well as some lads froma sniper platoon. It was a good few days.
Thanks for the reply

Ian
 
#11
1140_Sqn said:
...I am booked onto another course in July at Grantham, does anyone know what Regiments are based there? I had a bit of a google and found a few sentences about a TA base........ surely it has regulars?!!?

Jamie
IIRC its an RLC camp. Deals mainly with training AFAIK
 
#12
Gobby said:
Hi,

I will be going on an officer insight course at Blandford Camp, Jul 28th-Aug 1st 2008.

I was wondering if any else will be attending and whether anyone has attended an officer insight course before and could offer some tips.

Gobby
Was there recently. good laugh. nice kit and the officers and soldiers are bang on. do your best in the command tasks, good practice for main board. go all out on the log race and in the circuit training dont bloody quit no matter how tempting it may be. oh and you have to talk for 2mins on something from your cv. make sure you haven't told any whoppers!

enjoy!
soldierZ
 
#13
SoldierZ,

I tried to send you a PM last night however it is still sat in my outbox and doesn't look like it will send any time soon.

Anyway, the gist of it was if you PM me an e-mail address I will forward you the two Plan Ex's i have.

Edited to add, before you ask neither of them is Winter Aid!!!
 
#15
Hi all,

Thanks for all the replies - really helpful advice.

Just one quick query though, on my timetable I'm scheduled an interview - does this mean that I should take my CV etc. and possibly wear a suit or equivalent. I'm just asking because I've not got any details on what the interview will involve.
 
#16
Gobby said:
Hi all,

Thanks for all the replies - really helpful advice.

Just one quick query though, on my timetable I'm scheduled an interview - does this mean that I should take my CV etc. and possibly wear a suit or equivalent. I'm just asking because I've not got any details on what the interview will involve.
Well you'll have to bring a suit anyway to eat in the mess. Don't need your CV. they'll have everything on file. It's very informal, we done ours in our coveralls. It's more of a chat and they'll ask you random questions and scribble them down. Around 15mins long. It's not an interrogation don't worry. Mine was fine.
 
#17
Morning all,

I have been booked onto the Para's POC (Potential Officer Course) in late september, and have been since mid-march. However, my plans have changed slightly and I now wish to start RMAS on the septmeber intake, meaning, obviously, that I won't be able to go on the POC. Can anyone tell me if it is 100% necessary to complete the POC before starting RMAS to join the para's as an officer? If it is, then I will have to re-evaluate and probably go for the January intake, and generally delay things.

P.S. I have tried to ask the lovely people at colchester, but havn't heard anything for a while.
 
#18
The insight courses are not completely neccesary but do apparently help get yourself known when it comes to picking/getting picked by the regiments that you apply to whilst in Sandhurst.
 
#19
I had heard that, and have done a couple of insight courses with the RE and also the navy, however the itinerary for the para one is very similar to the main board, with a lot more assesment than the usual insight course. Hence the apparantly bone question.
 
#20
Nocens_Canis said:
I had heard that, and have done a couple of insight courses with the RE and also the navy, however the itinerary for the para one is very similar to the main board, with a lot more assesment than the usual insight course. Hence the apparantly bone question.

Have you not sat the main board yet?

Just asking because it sounds like you haven't but are trying to for the September intake and I wasn't sure how the places were doing. I know someone who passed his main board a few weeks ago and he's on the September reserve list


On a on topic note- you don't need to but it does get you known, although all alliances are off when you step through the gates.
I did the Feb POC. It was fun
 

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