Royal Artillery Potential Officer Courses

#1
This is my first post on this forum.
I didn't entirely know where to put this topic so i decided to place it into the recruitment section. Considering it is geared towards potential officers.

I was inquiring into wether anyone else had attended the following courses and could give me any feedback of infomation having just applied myself.

Into equipment needed, activities and generally how helpful the course was.

The following courses are:
Schoolboy Commando Course
Multi Activity Adventure Training
Watersports.

Cheers guys i look forward to your feedback. :D
 
#2
Maveric789 said:
This is my first post on this forum.
I didn't entirely know where to put this topic so i decided to place it into the recruitment section. Considering it is geared towards potential officers.

I was inquiring into weather anyone else had attended the following courses and could give me any feedback of infomation having just applied myself.

Into equipment needed, activities and generally how helpful the course was.

The following courses are:
Schoolboy Commando Course
Multi Activity Adventure Training
Watersports.

Cheers guys i look forward to your feedback. :D
weather, whether or wether?
 
#4
Maveric789 said:
inot sure, never been great at my grammer :(
Can I recommend that you look at your spelling too?

msr
 
#6
Maveric789 said:
i don't mind my spelling and grammer being nit-picked but can i have some more relevant posts :D
If you can't get the basics right, then there may not be a glittering future ahead of you.
 
#8
The education system these days is just no good.Perhaps some Gunners on this forum,can at least get this guy started!
 
#9
I don't get why people have to complain so much just about the odd spelling mistake or a simple grammatical error. I could understand it if he was talking txt speak or just being a general tw*t but it was a simple mistake. People come on here researching what could possibly be the best decision they've ever made and yet all they get is people jumping down their necks because they've spelt one word wrong or made one grammatical error. Rather than focusing on such a small detail, why not give the information that's being asked of, if you have it, or just keep quiet.

Sorry for spouting off but it's hardly fair when all people want is information.


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#10
I can't help on the specifics of the RA course but once upon a time I did the Scots Div equivalent.

In terms of general usefulness, I found the course great. It was both a good personal preparation for things to come and a good introduction to the mentality of the profession - eye opening at times.

What ever you do, enjoy the course and make full use of it. It is a chance for you to see, admittedly a more fun side of activities and to make sure you will be happy going forward to join up.

Hopefully you will get more posts on the specifics now the **** crowd have shut up. Whatever happens, best of luck in the future.
 
#11
I don't get why people have to complain so much just about the odd spelling mistake or a simple grammatical error. I could understand it if he was talking txt speak or just being a general tw*t but it was a simple mistake. People come on here researching what could possibly be the best decision they've ever made and yet all they get is people jumping down their necks because they've spelt one word wrong or made one grammatical error. Rather than focusing on such a small detail, why not give the information that's being asked of, if you have it, or just keep quiet.

Sorry for spouting off but it's hardly fair when all people want is information.
It may seem pedantry and often it is, however lack of attention to detail can lead to disasters. For instance vague answers such as:

“There are your guns”

Perhaps if the young officer in question had been given stronger direction in his early years things might have been different.

YM
 
#12
Yeo_Man said:
I don't get why people have to complain so much just about the odd spelling mistake or a simple grammatical error. I could understand it if he was talking txt speak or just being a general tw*t but it was a simple mistake. People come on here researching what could possibly be the best decision they've ever made and yet all they get is people jumping down their necks because they've spelt one word wrong or made one grammatical error. Rather than focusing on such a small detail, why not give the information that's being asked of, if you have it, or just keep quiet.

Sorry for spouting off but it's hardly fair when all people want is information.
It may seem pedantry and often it is, however lack of attention to detail can lead to disasters. For instance vague answers such as:

“There are your guns”

Perhaps if the young officer in question had been given stronger direction in his early years things might have been different.

YM
I'd suggest in this case, it is. These aren't YOs - they haven't signed up to be tested, they are simply interested in a career in the Forces and don't need knobs acting the snotty maggot and not giving them help with the information they seek.

These kids still have time to learn the polish - that is what training is about and they haven't started yet. It wouldn't harm some people here to unpucker their asses and try and act as if they are interested in helping recruiting along.

As to your example. What are you on? I take it the YO in question wasn't standing beside the guns at the time and required to give 6 fig grid reference to make it accurate enough for you? I'm sure he was damned for ever more for giving this (stupendously) inaccurate direction. :roll: No hope for him obviously............
 
#13
All these courses are an excellent into. Having done the school boy Cdo Cse, I was tempted to join the Gunners. I then did the parachute course and had a great time.
None of these course commit you, but they will intoduce you to the organisation you may wish to join. So give them a shot - you can do nothing but gain from them and you may actually have some fun (I had a shock on my Cdo Course that one of the DS had been on my school boy course!).
 
#14
Do attempt to retain a sense of humour, there’s a good chap.

If you can't detect the tongue in check nature of my response then perhaps it time to call it a night.

YM
 
#16
thanks guys for all your help, in terms of the schoolboy commando course what can i expect to do activity wise. Do you do that submerged tunnel like in the video :?
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#17
Did the potential Officers parachute course a few years ago was really good fun became quite partial to Spitfire and the Stonehenge Inn!
 
#18
Mav

As you are probably aware by now there are many options for progressing your interest in the army.

I am guessing that you are currently sitting your GCSE’s and will move on to A levels in due course? Do you intend to go to university?

Either way you will need to attend the Army Officer Selection Board (see the very extensive AOSB thread), which comes in two parts:

1) The Briefing, an opportunity for you to look at what the main board entails and for the army to have a look at your potential.
2) The Main Board, have a look at the thread for the detail.

I am assuming that you are already aware of this process and have been in touch with the schools liaison officer to register your interest, if not either contact them through an AFCO or your schools careers officer.

It is worth taking the time to ensure that you make a good show at AOSB, you do not need to rush this fence. By all means take advantage of familiarisation visits and do not restrict yourself to the Royal Regiment, looking at other arms as this will either confirm your decision or give you other options.

If you are considering university do give some thought to joining the University Officer Training Corps, who will support you through AOSB and beyond.

Subject to achieving the academic requirements and obtaining a recommendation, there is nothing to stop you attending AOSB before university and this approach has a number of advantages not least of which being the possibility of obtaining a bursary to offset the cost of your studies.

However the more experience you can gain prior to AOSB, the higher your chance of obtaining a good result.

Good Luck

YM
 
#19
Doing (and passing) AOSB prior to Uni,also gives you the assurance of a job start,when you graduate!
 
#20
Are you referring to the RA Potential Officer Adventure Training Courses, which are geared more towards school age people and school leavers? Or the actual 3 Day Potential Officer Course which is for people who are planning on entering Sandhurst in the near future and are trying to obtain sponsership?
 
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