Pqo ???

#1
Just read an email about PQO's. Process seems to weekend selection, AOSB and then I presume PQO Sandhurst.

Is the AOSB the same as the normal DE one, I think I read on here this used to be at Strensall (and with medics). I think I've seen the course content for RMAS and if I remember correctly it has some similarities to a recruits course, i.e. not like the DE version... .

Any comments?
 
#3
PQOs (doctors, lawyers, physios etc) attend what is known as the knife, fork and spoon course. Just enough info to ensure they don't embarress themselves ;-)
 

Fronty

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#5
From memory, the PQO course is 10 weeks at RMAS (under Dettingen), but the TAPQO course (aka vicars & tarts) is the four week one, split 2 weeks at the wonderful Strensall and then two weeks at RMAS within 12 months of completing Strensall.
 
#6
From memory, the PQO course is 10 weeks at RMAS (under Dettingen).
Really? When it was shared with the SSLC course in the 90s it was three or four weeks at the factory.
 

Caecilius

LE
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#7
Really? When it was shared with the SSLC course in the 90s it was three or four weeks at the factory.
Its recently been lengthened, as modern operations (360 degrees, etc.) mean that a vague ability not to slaughter your own side when handling an L85 is no longer an acceptable minimum standard. Doubtless RMAS has filled the extra six weeks with useful stuff like ironing and section attacks however.
 
#8
Bet the Vicars & Tarts are spitting feathers, Caecilius. BTW all the best to Metella & Quintus...
 
#9
Just read an email about PQO's. Process seems to weekend selection, AOSB and then I presume PQO Sandhurst.

Is the AOSB the same as the normal DE one, I think I read on here this used to be at Strensall (and with medics). I think I've seen the course content for RMAS and if I remember correctly it has some similarities to a recruits course, i.e. not like the DE version... .

Any comments?
Yeah - go for it. Become a Signals Officer and thereby complete your lobotomy.
 
#12
Hows your recovery going, well I hope? Your snap back at the spelling police shows your reflexes haven't been damaged and I take it your sense of humour is intact too?
Things are going quite well. As you can see though, I often have too much time to ponder.

Thank you for asking.
 
#13
PQOs (doctors, lawyers, physios etc) attend what is known as the knife, fork and spoon course. Just enough info to ensure they don't embarress themselves ;-)
Nah.

As pointed out above, the PQO course is the Vicars and Tarts. The KFS course was/is for LE Offrs to cure them of HKLP disease; the long KFS was for pre RMAS DE based at Beaconsfield and several London theatres.
 
#14
I get the feeling I'm gonna need to send out a few emails to CVHQ but I presume a PQO's employability is limited compared to LE/DE (I believe these are the same now - same exams at Capt etc).

Anyone know of any differences between AOSB or do PQO's do the same as DE?
 

Caecilius

LE
Kit Reviewer
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#15
I get the feeling I'm gonna need to send out a few emails to CVHQ but I presume a PQO's employability is limited compared to LE/DE (I believe these are the same now - same exams at Capt etc).

Anyone know of any differences between AOSB or do PQO's do the same as DE?
If you are going for a medical cadetship, like most, then its the same. If you're entering as a qualified PQO then you get a watered down version.
 
#16
If you are going for a medical cadetship, like most, then its the same. If you're entering as a qualified PQO then you get a watered down version.
More of an age/fitness question. I'm aware of DE fitness levels but my age(&rank) is around those going for LE and email mentioned phys prep but if I'm around vicars and tarts... Actually doc's don't mention DE/PQO but the training duration matches PQO
 
#19
I have searched and all I can find is what the recruiters put on armyjobs was wanting some info on daily life, what to expect, an inside viewpoint! :)
 
#20
I have searched and all I can find is what the recruiters put on armyjobs was wanting some info on daily life, what to expect, an inside viewpoint! :)
Go along to your local unit and ask. You won't get press-ganged.

msr
 

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