Passed Selection but by the way...

#1
I just today, as in 5 minutes ago, got home from completing my 2 day RSC. My Interviewing Officer was "delighted" with my scores across the board too which i was chuffed about.

However he added, i cant do ANY of my 3 job joices because my eyesight isnt good enough and i have 3 points on my license. My first 2 choices were HCav and RAC and my last was Armoured Engineer, mainly because i love tanks and its all i wanted to do.

My question to any in the know is: Can Laser Eye Surgery improve my eyesight enough to pass? Will i need a "cooling off" period between surgery and enlistment and most of all, why oh why was i only informed of this AFTER 2 interviews, a medical, an opticians report AND my selection course?? :frustrated:
 
#3
i dont know all i glimpsed from the sheet was i was 6/9 in both eyes uncorrected and 6/6 corrected. Gutted.
 
#5
Well the Interviewing Officer recommended i look at Gunner Special Observer in the Royal Artillery which does look interesting but a little hardcore, so i dont know. He literally landed it in my lap. Im fuming about this, i should have been told prior to selection so that i could apply for something else.
 
#6
I really think you need to take this up with someone, if you passed the medicals and the opticians report then i dont see why they say your eyesight isnt good enough
 
#7
I rang a few minutes ago, AFCO is shut until tomorrow. Looks like my lifetime ambition will never reach fruition... theres only one thing to do!


Go to the Pub!
 
#8
STAB2ARABConverter said:
I rang a few minutes ago, AFCO is shut until tomorrow. Looks like my lifetime ambition will never reach fruition... theres only one thing to do!


Go to the Pub!
Stick with it, with the best will there's always a way!
 
#10
STAB2ARABConverter said:
so glad you think so, any recommended courses of action?
Well my first question would be can my eyesight be rectified and or would a documented second opinion clear up this problem if it exists.

second question as I passed my test 26 yrs ago. Is 6/6 with correction the top score or lowest? If it is the top their are plenty of people in the RAC with glasses.

Third "Gnr special observer" Sounds to me you have to use the mark one and vision equipment which is both thermal and visual?? Does this mean recruiting in the RAC is pretty dam good and they are trying to sway you to other arms?????
 
#11
Well firstly i believe that laser surgery isnt exactly thought of highly for joining the Army, not sure why, just something ive picked up on forums.

The 3 points on your licence is or appears to be a stumbling block, know of two others who have points on licence who have not got RAC Job choices, this is over about past 6 months.

However id think it may be over recruitment in RAC, as id think that if your eyes are good enough to be a special OBSERVER in the RA, then they would be as a Tank crewman.

Maybe were just full up
 
#12
If they are just "full up" why didnt he say that? Why go through the rigmarole of lying to me? Something i would find very hypocratic in an organisation that says one of its core values is "Integrity". I know people who are having to wait months for their next job intake, could they not tell me when the next job would be available? I was a bit shocked when he said Gunner Special Observer as you have to be Commando AND Para trained, surely this would, as you say, require better eyesight?
 

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#13
Best advice - Go and have a chat with the ACIO bods and find out all the facts before you say or do anything. The mad bear is correct, laser treatment is not something that is highly thought of for some reason.
 
#14
Point to note, a small (very) chavvy youth with an attitude problem and a run time over 30 seconds slower than mine was offered a job in the RAC at the same RSC!
 
#15
Point to note, a small (very) chavvy youth with an attitude problem and a run time over 30 seconds slower than mine was offered a job in the RAC at the same RSC!
Tis a very small point really,as the QDG will take anyone.

Actually that has no relevance, as youve already said youve 3 points and your eyes arent up to scratch, and very small is okay for small tanks, and attitude tends to get your head filled in, in training.

Not sure on this special observer thing, weve a lad were i work who is one of them in the TA, and he isnt Para or Commando trained? and id say only available after youve joined not on joining

If they are just "full up" why didnt he say that? Why go through the rigmarole of lying to me?
Ummm its the Army
 
#16
My lads just passed his P2 RAC and he could only get into 2 RTR because of my vintage connection. The army seem to be very keen on family stuff, however, the other guys he did his selection with, were all steered away accordingly, it could be a numbers game. If I were you, fight it and fight hard! What have you got to lose! Then again, there's always QDG etc! :yawnstretch:
 
#17
Id have said summat about vintage connection, only if hadnt joined at same time
 
#18
STAB2ARABConverter said:
If they are just "full up" why didnt he say that? Why go through the rigmarole of lying to me? Something i would find very hypocratic in an organisation that says one of its core values is "Integrity".
Lie - A false statement deliberately presented as being true - the Army? Never heard of it...
 
#19
Cheers for the support lads. You do have to be a OP assistant before a specialist observer in the RA apparently so i dont know what that was about.

I reckon i've got a good case for the HCav or the RAC so ill just have to fight my corner for it! My eye sight is pretty good, just not perfect and i've found a few (distant) family and friends in the tanks that wear glasses so ill see how it goes.

Cheers lads.
 
#20
Mate i used to work in an ACIO (left in 04) and laser surgery really doesn't achieve the aim in what you wanna do. IIRC there'll be a 12 month gap between you having the op, before you can re-apply etc and that's per eye don't forget. Then you'll have to undergo the army appointed optician thing as well, and if they're really that bone they can still tell you it aint good enough - they aint exactly been honest upto now have they?? As for the RAC, it is generally full up (although the guys on the job don't reckon it's full of course) in their intakes pretty much 6 - 12 months in advance. Any probs, PM me i'll see what i can find out. What AFCO did you go through??
 

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