Went on one of these earlier in the year. A fantastic experience, you'll thouroughly enjoy it. Can't recommend it highly enough, you'll definately leave with a new enthusiasm aswell as a better understanding of army officer life. Also the CATT is a right larf
You do the situps test, pressups test and the 1.5mile run, so its also good experience to do all of those as a group. To be honest the absolute best experience of the whole thing is that you spend all of your down-time and meals in the officers mess, mixing with serving officers from various different corps there on training courses, their wealth of knowledge and experience is invaluable as I certainly hadn't had the chance to just chat to serving officers about their lives in the army in such a casual and social environment.
The CATT is a simulator, on mine we were split into 2 teams, and then into 2-man tank crews to fight over the Isle of Wight. Fantastic fun - CATT
Eventually had to settle for having my old GP send off my medical records, informed the AOSB people and they just told me to send them off when I get them, which will probably be next week, if the postal strikes haven't shafted me too badly. But I was told the earliest I'll probably get a Briefing is January. Quite a gutter given my provisional date was November.
But almost resolved, so staying positive. Although with briefing in Jan, and presuming a Cat1(which with all this prep time it better be), I reckon I'm stuck with Sept entry at the earliest. Bit of a kick in the teeth over such a simple problem.
An unlucky situation to be in mate, but I shouldn't beat yourself up too hard. I have a November briefing and even IF I get a Cat 1 and IF I can get on (and pass) a briefing in January/February I'm still unlikely to get on the May intake. So in the long run it probably hasn't made any difference.
Folks, I had the same problem with my med forms. I've sent them off and have hopefully arrived at Westbury by now, strike notwithstanding. However, I'm still confident of the May intake assuming I pass Briefing and Main Board (a big ask I know!).
I haven't spoken to my ACA but the reason he suggested targeting May rather than Jan was to give myself wiggle room if any of these delays occured. Am I being over optimistic regarding timescales?
Everyone seems to have heard different things about intakes â even from different ACAs. But be warned: I'm on next week's briefing, and even assuming I steam through it and nail Main Board in Jan/Feb I've been told I'll be lucky to get on May now.
I may be wrong, but I advise you to get your head around the idea of a longer wait than you had anticipated, to save yourself the disappointment. But yeah I know it's frustrating, especially for us old farts!