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Sarastro

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#3
Why in the name of all that is Holy would you want to do that?
Perhaps he's read ARRSE.

OP, just call up whoever your contact is for information prior to joining and tell them you want to defer / cancel your place. Deferring might be restricted for various reasons (age, time since AOSB) but there is nothing stopping you from deciding you don't want to join after all.
 
#5
Email or phone them and tell them? The only drama is going to be if you’ve had financial assistance through university or something else where the deal was you then going to Sandhurst.
 
#6
And if that's the case, just say you can't bear the thought of killing someone. That way you get discharged and don't have to pay the money back. Or so I've been told...
 
#7
You should ring them and explain that although you are happy to serve in HMF you dont think you will be able to hack the pressure to justify your actions while on Ops in 5/10/20/40 years time and also that you do not feel that the Government have your best interests at heart once you have left the mob. I am sure they will be more than understanding
 
#8
Perhaps he's read ARRSE.

OP, just call up whoever your contact is for information prior to joining and tell them you want to defer / cancel your place. Deferring might be restricted for various reasons (age, time since AOSB) but there is nothing stopping you from deciding you don't want to join after all.
Read far too much ARRSE!
Sound advice, thank you. Still planning on serving, just not as an officer
 

Issi

War Hero
#9
As was mentioned earlier, why give up the chance to attend Sandhurst to serve in the ranks?
I was far too naive to go for commissioning, but I always wish that I had.
 
#10
As was mentioned earlier, why give up the chance to attend Sandhurst to serve in the ranks?
I was far too naive to go for commissioning, but I always wish that I had.
Fair question, it’s simply that I do not suit the lifestyle of an officer. No point pretending to be someone that I’m not!
 
#13
Fair question, it’s simply that I do not suit the lifestyle of an officer. No point pretending to be someone that I’m not!
Don't give up your place mate. I felt somewhat the same prior to joining the army; the careers office pushed hard for me to go for a commission but I didn't know anyone in the army who could tell me anything about the lifestyle, so all I had was my own ideas about it.

I ended up going for a commission nearly 7 years later, and it turns out there is no 'lifesyle', just be whoever you already are. Except you'll have a lot of leadership training under your belt. And better accommodation.

You will really regret it once you see some of the people you'll be serving under. Just go for it.
 

Caecilius

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#14
Fair question, it’s simply that I do not suit the lifestyle of an officer. No point pretending to be someone that I’m not!
Don't worry about the lifestyle. You'll find a unit that suits you.

The question is whether you want to lead/command people or whether you want to do the job yourself? As an officer you get all the fun of command but for relatively small periods and never becoming a specialist yourself. As an OR you'll get to do the job you enjoy for a long time but you'll be shat on occasionally. Both have their upsides and downsides. It depends on what you're more suited to.
 

greyfergie

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#15
OP you've obviously been considered suitable enough to be offered a place, the right 'type' if you will - you're possibly just having a dip in confidence?
 
#16
You have obviously thought about it, ergo you have some efficient brain-cells. The Officer lifestyle I think you are referring to is probably more to be found among certain Household units whereas many other more plebeian units are happy to have efficient officers.

I did both ranker and officer and the lads prefer a bloke who can think about them and do what is right rather than a bloke who is trying to be a 'certain type'. As my old OC put it talking to my dad once, "Dwarf is a soldier's officer, not an officer's officer." I took that as a compliment, others wouldn't.
But be who you are and if you can lead you will be better for the lads and the Army as a caring, efficient boss rather than giving your place up to a real Rupert's Rupert.

Whatever you decide then good luck to you.
 
#17
Good on you. The Gentlemen Rankers are the Elite of the Elite, and a band of brothers with whom you would be proud to serve. The badge of Honour is an assessment at RCB of 'too dangerous', or occasionally 'spotty, situationally turbid and hazardously indecisive'; which frequently leads to a full career in the Intelligence Corps - by far the most aggressively combative Corps in the army. Some would say 'treacherous', but you must not listen to them. I see your potential.
 
#19
Fair question, it’s simply that I do not suit the lifestyle of an officer. No point pretending to be someone that I’m not![/QUOTE]


...My god! An honest man, with scruples, you sir are just the right sort of chap any regiment would be proud to have, and it will be a refreshing change from some of the hooray henrys I encountered while in service.
 
#20
Don't worry about the lifestyle. You'll find a unit that suits you.
Yeah.

Try the QDG :wink:

I have it on good authority that they're pathfinders, leading the way to establishing the truly egalitarian Officer Corps that defines the 21st Century British Army, and epitomises its revolutionary abandonment of ingrained attitudes and behaviours accrued since the English Civil War.
 

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