With our organisation you have to have done the course to get a look in at a SO1's slot.
Maybe I should have bought my SO1 more beers to enhance my CR. That way it might boost me up the "order of merit" ranking. That said, knowing my luck, even if I did get a place on the 2004 course I'd probably get mobilised and miss it.
I think the majority of candidates put forward by my organisation are over 40. There is certainly a few wrinkles with the current putative batch. I understand (& hope) we get a waiver. There again I was told the same applied to JDSC but at 35 or 36 I was deemed too old.
When I joined the TA I suppose my "ambition" was to get to Major and a TD. Having attained that anything else is a bonus. It would be interesting having to cope with the stresses & strains (& pay) of a SO1's job.
Well this selection, age (isn't that illegal now?) and potential for SO1 thing has shafted me for the Senior course - over several years.
I've been a volunteer to attend it since 1995 and even had a personal letter from the Reg Col saying I was the Regts No 1 priority and I should prepare to attend in 1996... then again in 1997 etc etc. Oh and CRs reflecting that I "am to attend" etc etc
Anyway I made the Reserve list in 2000 and I am trying again for 2004 even if I'm not 50 yet.
Me too. Likewise, it's been on me CR for a few years now....
I did hear (from an SO2 G1 (V) at Bde) that you required four CRs in post at substantive (field) rank in order to be considered by that particular Bde's board for nomination. And even then, the Bde's list goes into competition with all the other Bdes lists....
Basically, Bde put forward their ordered list of nominations; helps to be "known" at Bde level. If you've got a good CO, he should be working at managing your "visibility", carpet parades excepted
As I understand it the candidates are prioritised at Regional Brigade level, so being your Regiment's number one priority is not really any guarantee. As for having it on your CR/OJAR, that's just your unit recommendation - you need to get your 1st SRO to write you up as well. It helps if you've been earmarked for a CO job as well....
I know of people in my brigade who were told they were a BRIGADE priority and didn't even make the reserve list. They were "lost in the noise" at Regional Bde level. Get to know your MS people at your Regional Bde and find out how it works in your Bde.
Helps if you are teeth arms - they seem to get more places.
Apparently they increased the size of the course this year (anyone who was there confirm this?) from 50 to 60.
Good luck and don't give up - get some visibility OUTSIDE your regiment and it will help no end.