Route to become officer

Hi,
Want to join the Paras as an officer and dont really know which way I want to do it/ the best way.
I see a few options that I would be interested in. First one is go to AFC Harrogate, do all arms commanod course there, then go sandhurst, but I don’t know how easy or if you can do that. Second is do a levels then go to sandhurst. Lastly, go uni and join a reserves Unit ideally Paras and go to sandhurst. Don’t have much of an idea Of which of those would be ideal but would love a bit of advice or new ideas as what to do.
Cheers,
Tom
 
Hi,
Want to join the Paras as an officer and dont really know which way I want to do it/ the best way.
I see a few options that I would be interested in. First one is go to AFC Harrogate, do all arms commanod course there, then go sandhurst, but I don’t know how easy or if you can do that. Second is do a levels then go to sandhurst. Lastly, go uni and join a reserves Unit ideally Paras and go to sandhurst. Don’t have much of an idea Of which of those would be ideal but would love a bit of advice or new ideas as what to do.
Cheers,
Tom
Why don't you just do what everyone else would normally do and study hard at uni and mentally condition yourself, at the same time perhaps do Reserves and beast yourself aka push your body to the limits and than apply like everyone else, you do realise that the Parachute Regiment more than other Infantry units demands above and beyond and expects alot of potential officers?

AFC Harrogate will be of no benefit long term and All Arms Commando isn't either...

Focus on this thing at a time.
 
As above - if you want to be a Regular Parachute Regiment Officer, do A-Levels, pass AOSB, and shine at Sanshurst.

AFC Harrogate, the AACC and the Army Reserve will not really help you get what is a particularly difficult thing to achieve. A minority of people may have happened to have done some of those things prior, but they are more incidental than of any real benefit.
 
As above - if you want to be a Regular Parachute Regiment Officer, do A-Levels, pass AOSB, and shine at Sanshurst.

AFC Harrogate, the AACC and the Army Reserve will not really help you get what is a particularly difficult thing to achieve. A minority of people may have happened to have done some of those things prior, but they are more incidental than of any real benefit.
He should be asking Mike Golden what to expect and how to prepare, an MTP Chest Rig and a beret is a good start
 
You could always go about it the hard way, join the Paras as a Tom, complete one of the most arduous training courses in the World, followed by P Company and once you’ve earned your wings, join your battalion and then work really really hard and slowly but surely work your way up the ranks until you become a WO1/2 and then apply for a LE Commission, you’ll really be able to say you earned it and you will be a real man. That’s what the brochure says anyway.
 
Hi,
Want to join the Paras as an officer and dont really know which way I want to do it/ the best way.
I see a few options that I would be interested in. First one is go to AFC Harrogate, do all arms commanod course there, then go sandhurst, but I don’t know how easy or if you can do that. Second is do a levels then go to sandhurst. Lastly, go uni and join a reserves Unit ideally Paras and go to sandhurst. Don’t have much of an idea Of which of those would be ideal but would love a bit of advice or new ideas as what to do.
Cheers,
Tom
The academic side of things: Seeing as every man and his pet tortoise either have, or are doing a degree then I would suggest that with GCSE's you would probably be the thicko of the bunch. A levels would be better, but then you might as well go on and do a degree for some real credibility.

Moving to the when, and how to join side of things:

1. You can of course go to AFC with your GCSE's and hope that you can convince someone to let you go the officer route.

2. Go to university, join the UOTC, Hooray Henry* it for 3 years and get through that way, you may, or may not get where you want.

3. Better yet, in my opinion, go to university, join the nearest reserve para unit as a Tom (thats a private), get 3 years of experience doing what paras do at the entry level AND THEN when you are about a year from graduating apply for a commission. Better yet do what a mate of mine did, he followed on his degree with a masters degree in international studies and joined up after his masters. That way you will be undeniably clever, para qualified, probably have a couple of sets of wings from other countries, you will have done the some relevant infantry courses (note 2) and of course you will have done the Brecon course. You will have a very thorough knowledge of the role, function, duties and work of a para, meaning that if you do become an officer you will know exactly what it takes for them to do their job's...........this, believe it, or not will make you a damn fine officer in the future.

Stay at school, go to uni, work hard, really hard, both academically and physically.

Good luck kiddo.



Notes:

1. * Well, I just had to, no offence to anyone.

2. I went to a specialist reserve unit when I left the regulars to go to uni and I was basically told that I would be kept busy and sent on courses for as long as I wanted during any uni holidays - especially the long summer one.
 
A slightly different slant. What are you going to do AFTER your stint in the Forces? Lets say you're successful and join up, commission, pass the courses etc. When you reach around 40 years old, having punished your body really hard then what? Having a degree is more likely to open the door for further opportunities than anything else.
 
A slightly different slant. What are you going to do AFTER your stint in the Forces? Lets say you're successful and join up, commission, pass the courses etc. When you reach around 40 years old, having punished your body really hard then what? Having a degree is more likely to open the door for further opportunities than anything else.
Agreed - I did both the AACC and P Company, but whenever I had the chance did day release at the local tech college and got my civvie qualifications. You have to remember that airborne soldiering is very much a young mans game and you have always got to have one eye open as you what you are going to do when HM no longer wants you - and believe me, a degree will open far more doors for you than a set of Para wings.
 
Why don't you just do what everyone else would normally do and study hard at uni and mentally condition yourself, at the same time perhaps do Reserves and beast yourself aka push your body to the limits and than apply like everyone else, you do realise that the Parachute Regiment more than other Infantry units demands above and beyond and expects alot of potential officers?

AFC Harrogate will be of no benefit long term and All Arms Commando isn't either...

Focus on this thing at a time.
I think Albertous Junior would beg to differ on both counts as that was the route he took to Sandhurst.
 
Well was actually thinking of doing my degree while in military, and also possibly moving on to AAC after paras then eventually leaving and possibly doing commercial flying
 

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Well was actually thinking of doing my degree while in military, and also possibly moving on to AAC after paras then eventually leaving and possibly doing commercial flying
I'm still waiting, with waning hopes, for any mention of commanding soldiers.
 
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