struggling with....help

#1
i have been banging my head against the wall thinking if i should mention it for my icebreaker.

its the question of "Whats your most memorable moment in life?"
to be honest i hate these kinds of questions cause my most memorable moment in life is not really good. can i just say " My most memorable moment in life is yet to come once i join the army" LOL ???

or i was thinking just telling the truth (my recuiter already knows) that i went prison oversease (held on remand) for 5 months for something i did not do. But it helped me stop wasting my time once i got out and be focused of what i really wanted to do which is the army. ?? i need your advice
 
#2
Tell the story about your prison experience. At least it might not be boring. Also, no-one will know much about the subject so it lessens the chance of someone asking you a bone question on the subject matter.
 

BuggerAll

LE
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#3
Seems perfect to me.
 
#4
Mention some story about a sporting achievment at school football match, or you climbed Snowdon etc (Sport based) or you helped an old couple move house (team worker etc)
Doesn't have to be truth based just something thats shows what a valuable person you are, and before anyone says anything, we all b/s our CV!



Failing that just tell how you were bummed in a Turkish prison, at least they'll have a giggle.
 
#8
Tell the story about your prison experience. At least it might not be boring. Also, no-one will know much about the subject so it lessens the chance of someone asking you a bone question on the subject matter.
im really really bad at putting together a nice paragraph for a presentation ever since school and college. how should i put it together? its a lot of experience you know, dont you think its gonna take long or its a bit too much?

here's a bit of experience but can you help me reword it or something?

"my most memorable moment in life is when i was held on remand for 5 months oversease for something i did not do. I experienced living in an overcrowded cell the size of a typicall living room here in the UK with 35 other inmates. i was told to be lucky because it was the less crowded cell in the whole prison but it still felt like its way overcrowded. there was only 4 bunkbeds and the rest of the inmates had to squeeze themselves on the floor...i was offered one of the bunkbeds by an inmate for a price and i took it. inmates who owns and sleeps on the bunk beds usually are the leaders and vice leaders of the cell and other inmates who are well respected. in case they get set free he has the right to give it to anyone if he cant sell it.

is that too much or too little? how should i end it with a sentence? sorry im really bad at this
 
#10
Mention some story about a sporting achievment at school football match, or you climbed Snowdon etc (Sport based) or you helped an old couple move house (team worker etc)
Doesn't have to be truth based just something thats shows what a valuable person you are, and before anyone says anything, we all b/s our CV!



Failing that just tell how you were bummed in a Turkish prison, at least they'll have a giggle.
LOL ok i'll think of something, but its harder to lie tho and im not good at it
 
#11
im really really bad at putting together a nice paragraph for a presentation ever since school and college. how should i put it together? its a lot of experience you know, dont you think its gonna take long or its a bit too much?

here's a bit of experience but can you help me reword it or something?

"my most memorable moment in life is when i was held on remand for 5 months oversease for something i did not do. I experienced living in an overcrowded cell the size of a typicall living room here in the UK with 35 other inmates. i was told to be lucky because it was the less crowded cell in the whole prison but it still felt like its way overcrowded. there was only 4 bunkbeds and the rest of the inmates had to squeeze themselves on the floor...i was offered one of the bunkbeds by an inmate for a price and i took it. inmates who owns and sleeps on the bunk beds usually are the leaders and vice leaders of the cell and other inmates who are well respected. in case they get set free he has the right to give it to anyone if he cant sell it.

is that too much or too little? how should i end it with a sentence? sorry im really bad at this
How long does it have to be? That would take all of 60 seconds to recount to your audience.

I would start with a mock of the A-team opening, stating you were in prison for a crime you did not commit.

I would explain what you were supposed to have done, and why you were arrested. Beef the talk out. Talk about daily routine, what you disliked, what you liked (if anything?) and any particular events you encountered. Don't try and sound at all pleased/big about being in prison, as you'll come across to the DS as a bit of a dick.

Possibly state at the end that although you didn't enjoy Prison, you came away with some positive experiences (living in crowded/basic conditions etc) which you feel may help you with your Army career.
 
#12
well i can see why that is your most memorable moment however, i agree with llech, try and find a more positive memorable moment, you dont have to lie though... surely theres something youve done, such as walk up snowdon like hes said or found something particularly difficult but still keep going? and dont forget you get 4 mins to do the ice breaker so it doesnt have to be that much either, at pre selection we were told to use up as much time as you can on your jobs and training and just touch upon the other things such as family and most memorable moment
 

Legs

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#13
How can you most memorable moment be one you haven't had?By it's very definition it must have occurred in the past - or else it wouldn't be memorable would it? How can you remember something that happens in the future?
 
#15
How long does it have to be? That would take all of 60 seconds to recount to your audience.

I would start with a mock of the A-team opening, stating you were in prison for a crime you did not commit.

I would explain what you were supposed to have done, and why you were arrested. Beef the talk out. Talk about daily routine, what you disliked, what you liked (if anything?) and any particular events you encountered. Don't try and sound at all pleased/big about being in prison, as you'll come across to the DS as a bit of a dick.

Possibly state at the end that although you didn't enjoy Prison, you came away with some positive experiences (living in crowded/basic conditions etc) which you feel may help you with your Army career.
thanks for this one, i'll give it a try
 

BuggerAll

LE
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#16
No I don't think you should go into too much detail:

"The most memorable thing that has happened to me is that I was arrested in Blankistan and held on remand in Stretchoop prison. After 5 months on remand I was released when they realised that I was completely innocent. Being in prison like that cut off from normality made me realise that I want to do something worthwhile with my life so I decided to join the Army."

I would guess you are going to be asked a couple of obvious questions: What were you accused of? Why were you accused if you were innocent? What was the prison like? Just give a straight answer.

My advice is given on the basis that when you say you are innocent you mean that you didn't do it rather than your lawyer got you off on a technicality or the local plod failed to find enough evidence or the family of the victim preferred to accept a gift of 2 camels and goat than pursue justice through the courts.

Give or take I agree with Smudge - he posted while I was typing.
 
#17
i have been banging my head against the wall thinking if i should mention it for my icebreaker.

its the question of "Whats your most memorable moment in life?"
to be honest i hate these kinds of questions cause my most memorable moment in life is not really good. can i just say " My most memorable moment in life is yet to come once i join the army" LOL ???

or i was thinking just telling the truth (my recuiter already knows) that i went prison oversease (held on remand) for 5 months for something i did not do. But it helped me stop wasting my time once i got out and be focused of what i really wanted to do which is the army. ?? i need your advice
Why worry? the odds are one of the staff will shut you up after 30 seconds, ask for your run time and tell you to sit down. Thats what happened to all of us at my ADSC (years ago though). They aren't really interested, its just a confidence tester
 
#18
Why worry? the odds are one of the staff will shut you up after 30 seconds, ask for your run time and tell you to sit down. Thats what happened to all of us at my ADSC (years ago though). They aren't really interested, its just a confidence tester
its better to come prepared aint it
 
#19
Of course it is mate, but its a relatively minor thing compared to the fitness tests and what not. Nevertheless it can be quite daunting if you've never been up in front of 40 lads. We got shut up after about 30 seconds, i only got to say my name, home town, family and hobbies before he said "run time? right, sit down good effort". Don't stress, just get the phys on the double now and maintain/improve fitness until then.

Btw Mark, whats the timescales looking like for an ADSC date after PRE ADSC?
 
#20
Of course it is mate, but its a relatively minor thing compared to the fitness tests and what not. Nevertheless it can be quite daunting if you've never been up in front of 40 lads. We got shut up after about 30 seconds, i only got to say my name, home town, family and hobbies before he said "run time? right, sit down good effort". Don't stress, just get the phys on the double now and maintain/improve fitness until then.

Btw Mark, whats the timescales looking like for an ADSC date after PRE ADSC?
you know what i''d rather do fitness tests than standing talking infront for a presentation lol i've never really liked presentations. my fitness i would say is very good. run time is not so bad either (09:56) but im still improving on that hopefully by adsc i could do 9:30.

Timescale? i havent done ADSC yet but i've done my Pre ADSC on June 8, 9 i think and then i'm doing my 3rd interview on wednsday (aug 3) by then i would be given a date for ADSC
 

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