Westbury Travel

#1
I have been told to book a train arriving before 10:00, there is one arriving at 09:58 - but I need to be at AOSB by 10:30. The email said to get a taxi from the station, to someone who has been before - what is a sufficient time margin?
Cheers
 
#2
You will be fine with that train. There are always cabs parked up outside and Leighton House is a 2minute drive from the station.
 
#3
IIRC I got the 9.58 train. The taxi drivers are well used to shipping candidates to the AOSB so expect there to be a car waiting for you. Also you'll find that there'll be a fair few of you getting off of that train so group together with a few others and go up there in the one taxi, then it's as simple as getting the fare back when you get there.
 
#4
Hey diffg enjoy your briefing. Get your forms back sharpish to get a date for main board. I did my briefing in mid August, (cat1 so no imposed time delays) and my main board is in February because of paperwork errors and miscommunication between my sponsor and AOSB and general length of wait at the moment. I am gutted, still loads of training / preparation time. Anyone else heading for a main board soon?
 
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#5
When I went for my briefing, I strolled merrily off the train and straight into a taxi. I did aim to be a bit earlier than required, in case trains were playing silly buggers. As it happened, they were, and my first was canceled. Still got there in plenty of time, which meant tea and biscuits!
 
#6
Yes I suppose I don't want to look really disorganised if my trains get some kind of delay and everyone else has booked ones arriving before 10:00!

August to February? Fuuck thats a long time, mine has been moving quite slowly as I submitted forms last spring and have just got AOSB, but after the first interview my sponsor said to keep telling them I am a May 2011 candidate....though maybe even that would be a bit fine as I don't have main board dates.....not to get ahead of myself!
 
#7
Why not get an earlier train and stop off for a cup of tea and a paper when you get there. Arrive refreshed and relaxed....................Just a thought
 
#8
Diffg I can't remember where on here it is, but there is a thread I was looking at recently with a link to when you have to pass Main Board by to get on the May intake. It was the 24th of Jan if I remember right; I know it was end of January anyway. I was gutted as my Main Board was Feb. 14th so I am hoping that May isn’t full otherwise I could be looking at September intake.
 
#10
The last board for a May intake is 11-14th April.

-OCS-
 
#14
It doesn't matter, managed to get my dates a week after briefing in October and booked onto the 11th Jan Board
That is a very quick turn around. Not that I want to provide you with any doubt but are you sure you definitely feel 110% ready for Main Board? If you are then fair enough, the best of luck but I know many people who have rushed to get there to waste one of their two attempts.

-OCS-
 
#15
How long is the gap normally between briefing and mainboard?


Yes arriving earlier would be a good option but the only one is arriving at 09:00, so will prob pick the one that gets in slightly before but is a slower train.
 
#17
That is a very quick turn around. Not that I want to provide you with any doubt but are you sure you definitely feel 110% ready for Main Board? If you are then fair enough, the best of luck but I know many people who have rushed to get there to waste one of their two attempts.

-OCS-
Are you The Artist Formerly Known As Officer Cadet Sadler? If so I believe I offered you best wishes with your future career.

I would, however, be interested to know if you have yet passed either briefing or main board or the Commissioning Course or what your credentials are for offering all this advice? It seems that potential Officers these days are whipping themselves into a frenzy of worry about the boards when a lot of what is being looked for is inherent.

If one has it congratulations, pass Go, collect Commission on successful completion of RMAS. If not there are other perfectly good careers (& the RAF :) ) and if one does not want to feel less of oneself (or however that humbug Johnson put it) one could try going to sea.

FWIW (& that's probably not much as it happened in 1990) I did pre-RCB and RCB in the space of less than two months, passing both with flying colours. Sadly my later Army career did not live up to the standards set at the beginning...
 
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#18
It seems that potential Officers these days are whipping themselves into a frenzy of worry about the boards when a lot of what is being looked for is inherent.
Not all of us are, I assure you. Equally, I'm not flippant and not working at what I can before board. But, as you say, and as is said by the DS at briefing, they know what they're looking for, the PO's don't. One has to be rather fatalistic about it (while throwing one's self into the selection process with full effort and application!).
 
#19
Not all of us are, I assure you. Equally, I'm not flippant and not working at what I can before board. But, as you say, and as is said by the DS at briefing, they know what they're looking for, the PO's don't. One has to be rather fatalistic about it (while throwing one's self into the selection process with full effort and application!).
Good man yerself! A bit of self-confidence (not arrogance); some knowledge of one's chosen career and why one wants the privilege of leading Soldiers; reading a decent paper (doesn't matter if it's the Guardian, the Telegraph or whichever as long as one can justify why one likes the particular paper if asked); and brushing up on the old DST equations should do the trick.

The board is not looking for a fully-formed Monty, DLB, Jacko or whoever. They're looking for people who have it within themselves to become Officers. If it's there the candidate will be offered a place at RMAS where that innate ability will be drawn out.

Very best of luck, Snoreador. It appears your first approach of planning ahead worked & I hope you passed & have a great career. I may write as a misty-eyed old sod who retired two years ago after 18 years of service, but it really is something special to hold a commission.

To the OP. If you are that worried about being on time try staying in Westbury the night before. IIRC from advising Potential Officers the board will even pay for your overnight stay if arriving on the first train is not practical. They, like you, want you to be on the best form possible for the board.

PS don't piss in a pint glass under the table during the dinner night (if one is still held) then leave it for the cleaners. This has a way of backfiring horribly :)
 
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Snoreador

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#20
Thanks CP, that's exactly the approach I'm taking. Worked for briefing, got the MB early next year. Hopefully they'll let me through to RMAS! Time will tell...
 
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