Random questions (officer)

#1
Just a few questions I would like to get answered,

As a TA officer, are you subjected to military law 24/7?

Would I be correct in saying there is no maths/english test as part of officer selection?

What should I expect during the first interview which is to weigh me up before going for officer selection?

As a 2nd Lt in the Infantry, what is your role etc etc?

Cheers
 
#2
In the order asked......

Yes! 8O

Not as such, but it is inherent in the rest of the selection process, i.e. if you can't count or spell you WILL fail. :?

Expect the unexpected. I thought it was a wind-up, but I DID get the "which newspaper do you read" question. Always answer truthfully or you will be tripped-up further along the interview!! :roll:

Dig holes....... Oops, sorry, you said officer...... Watch others dig holes for you to live in!! :D :D
 
#3
As a TA officer, are you subjected to military law 24/7?
Yes, I think. Everyone always says so but no one has shown me proof. If it's true, this has fun implications. You and your mates get into a scrap outside a pub. They get a ticking off from the Filth - you can be court-martialled!

Would I be correct in saying there is no maths/english test as part of officer selection?
Yes, you would. In fact, you are. However, there is an IQ test (no, really - stop laughing at the back!). Plus, during the assessment process they will be trying to ascertain whether you can think straight when under pressure.

By the way, why do you need to ask that question? You write well enough, structure your thoughts clearly. Are you some sort of Steiner School type who never did sums - as they are "paternalistic abstractions of the vulgar bourgeoisie" - but was taught to make sculptures of Gaia the Earth Mother by your Modern Parents?

What should I expect during the first interview which is to weigh me up before going for officer selection?
The standard questions anyone asks whenever you apply to join any institution: Why the Army? What can you do for us? What do you hope to get out of it? Why not the regular Army?

The initial interview may be nice and friendly. But there is (or was in my day) another interview during TCB which is another test of whether you can be pressured without blubbing. They don't stick a soaking wet pillowcase on your head or anything but they will test your ideas.

Twicer is right that you should give truthful answers. In fact, your motto throughout the whole selection process ought to be "Be Yourself". They really do try to weed out the two-dimensional Lord Flashy types (not always successfully, but they do try).

As a 2nd Lt in the Infantry, what is your role etc etc?
Mainly to do what you're told by your Platoon Sgt. A lot of fun, though.
 
#4
Dr Evil said:
As a TA officer, are you subjected to military law 24/7?
Yes, I think. Everyone always says so but no one has shown me proof. If it's true, this has fun implications. You and your mates get into a scrap outside a pub. They get a ticking off from the Filth - you can be court-martialled!
Have a look in TA Regs! Then don't drink and drive, etc, etc.
 
#5
Dr Evil said:
Would I be correct in saying there is no maths/english test as part of officer selection?
Yes, you would. In fact, you are. However, there is an IQ test (no, really - stop laughing at the back!). Plus, during the assessment process they will be trying to ascertain whether you can think straight when under pressure.

By the way, why do you need to ask that question? You write well enough, structure your thoughts clearly. Are you some sort of Steiner School type who never did sums - as they are "paternalistic abstractions of the vulgar bourgeoisie" - but was taught to make sculptures of Gaia the Earth Mother by your Modern Parents?
I know nothing about this selection process specifically, but I've been through assessment centres of one sort or another (including the civil service one) in my time.... and there is sometimes value in practicing the particular type of test used - whether it's reading / interpreting data from tables (maths) or spotting dodgy arguments from passages given (English), or whatever. However, since it seems you don't have none of these type things, 'snot relevant here :D
 
#7
witchcraft said:
Dr Evil said:
As a TA officer, are you subjected to military law 24/7?
Yes, I think. Everyone always says so but no one has shown me proof. If it's true, this has fun implications. You and your mates get into a scrap outside a pub. They get a ticking off from the Filth - you can be court-martialled!
Have a look in TA Regs! Then don't drink and drive, etc, etc.
TA Regs, that creature of myth. Do they really exist? Who knows what they say?

Actually, this is just a bizarre echo (as in that Dennis Quaid fillum Frequency) of a past conversation I had on arrse, one which led me to buy from the Stationery Office my very own copy of TA Regs.

Didn't proceed to sit down and read the whole frikkin thing, however. Hence that minor gap in my megalomanically massive knowledge.
 
#9
Dr Evil said:
Would I be correct in saying there is no maths/english test as part of officer selection?
Yes, you would. In fact, you are. However, there is an IQ test (no, really - stop laughing at the back!). Plus, during the assessment process they will be trying to ascertain whether you can think straight when under pressure.

By the way, why do you need to ask that question? You write well enough, structure your thoughts clearly. Are you some sort of Steiner School type who never did sums - as they are "paternalistic abstractions of the vulgar bourgeoisie" - but was taught to make sculptures of Gaia the Earth Mother by your Modern Parents?
I know nothing about this selection process specifically, but I've been through assessment centres of one sort or another (including the civil service one) in my time.... and there is sometimes value in practicing the particular type of test used - whether it's reading / interpreting data from tables (maths) or spotting dodgy arguments from passages given (English), or whatever. However, since it seems you don't have none of these type things, 'snot relevant here :D
Mental arithmetic was my principle weakness (closely followed by being fat, retiring and unconvincing in giving orders. All equal second). Practice time and distance problems (and variants thereof) of the type you get in the planning excercises.
 
#10
Thanks for the replys!

I'm just awaiting for somebody to contact me now to arrange this interview. I made my local unit aware of my interest in becoming an officer last week(Tuesday). So I hope I get contacted this week.

Anybody got any thoughts etc of joining the infantry as an officer? I've been told not to, then I'm told go for it.
 
#11
It really is horses for courses. Infantry is what we all train to do in the first instance. Your basic training plus pre-Sandhurst modules plus Sandhurst itself will all be focused around infantry drills and tactics.

Some people find it exhilarating - a refreshing change from their civvy job. Some hate it - all that nasty running around and - oh! - did I just break a nail?

Bear in mind that you will have different objectives from a career as a TA officer than you would have were you joining the regular Army. Do what you think would be the most fun - you are more likely to maintain your enthusiasm for it, which will make you a more productive and useful officer for those you are serving/leading.

The best way to decide which route to take is actually to go along to various units and look at what it is they really do.
 
#12
The Infantry is fun, although more is expected of you at the factory (or was for me). Platoon Commanders Brecon is much fun, just don't go immediately after commissioning!
 
#14
isleofwightrifles said:
The Infantry is fun, although more is expected of you at the factory (or was for me). Platoon Commanders Brecon is much fun, just don't go immediately after commissioning!
why not?
 
#15
Because Sandypants is the thin end of the learning wedge. Go off and get some experience before trying Pl Comds course.

Remeber now you will have young JNCO's and not so young SNCO's watching you make a dick of yourself - it may come back and bite you some day.
 
#16
I would concur with the 'go for it!' opinion that was expressed.

All sorts of people will have opinions as to what unit type would be best - but they are all opinions. And opinions are like assholes - we all have one and they sometimes stink!

You obviously have reasons for having picked Infantry... go with those reasons and that instinct.

I started the officer process through a Scottish OTC (quite a few years ago), and then moved out to a Scottish T.A Inf unit... and then ended up down saarf. have never considered a different Arm... although Field Artillery would be closest next choice if I did.

Would agree with the other nuggets of advice about being yourself and all that... but dont be bullied or badgered into changing your mind just by the interviewers. Unless you can do it (if there were valid reasons) and save face, then stick with your opinions - dont want to be seen to be too wishy-washy.

 
#17
IQ test. When does this take place? At the TCB? Is this the touch screen test by any chance? If so I sat this joining the regulars, scored 60. I still to this day have no idea as to how good or bad this score is. So anybody here able to tell me?
 
#18
Personally I didn't get a score, the Major in charge of my group just said 'you scored very highly' without a number. If you're intelligent they'll tell you but the process isn't about how clever you are it's about your all round capability.

Having done the mental testing in the last year, although things change quickly, I'll say that it consists of 1) sifting through arguments e.g. this article supports global warming true false unable to tell. 2) Some maths questions nothing to challenging just think about them. 3) Spatial awareness questions, I find personally I haven't a clue how these work I just go with instinct. That method I wouldn't reccomend though.

I've also been told they're looking for someone, TCB wise, who is almost ready to command now (with a little work- 3 week RMAS). Whereas the Regs are looking for potential after a years development at RMAS.

Edit- Clarified testing
 

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