What A Levels would be useful to an Offcier??

#1
As the Title asks, what A Levels would be useful to an Officer??

Im thinking about doing Geography, Physics, Law and politics.

and help or advice would be great!!

1140
 
#2
Don't worry about which ones unless you are going to University as they may alter what you read when you get there.

If you are not set on one particular univeristy degree or just not bothered. My advice is to play to your strengths.

Politics and economics are great for RCB chat but keeping up on current affairs is just as good! A language is a great tool to have but I steered away from them as I struggled to get the grades in them.

My advice, keep fit, pass your A-Levels. Join the OTC at University and/or competitive sports society and go to Sandhurst as a graduate. In my experience the younger non-grad officers, on the whole, had a tougher time in there first few years. Though saying this, the best Officer colleague/friend I have had in the forces was a non-grad!

Also keep up your sense of humour, you'll need it!
 
#3
Tend to concur with LtTS.

Do what you enjoy, what fits in with your future degree and what you're good at. It's a bit like a degree - they merely prove what you are capable of. Unless you are going to specialise in a particular field - eg medicine - then you can pretty much do what you like.

That said, for any of the technical corps science and maths A-levels would probably assist. A language would be good too if you fancy, but at the end of the day the universal language is English - and most of the countries are former colonies anyhow... (joking!)

Bottom line - enjoy it while you can and don't do something you don't want to because you think you should! I think there's still an option of an in-service first degree too which is what I did. So perhaps do Sandbags as a non-grad and then try that route - certainly easier than building up a large debt as most undergraduates seem to these days.

Good luck.
 
#4
I take it from this post that you are still in main stream education. If this is the case why not arrange for an interview with the ACA(S)? The ACA(S) is the link with the schools, your Head of Careers should have a number, if not ring your local AFCO / ACIO and ask to speak to the ACA(S).
 
#5
yes i am just finishing my GCSEs, i have a B in German which should help :D lol

im not really thinking about doing uni, is uni important in getting in??

Jamie
 
#7
Check out this site, if you have not done already.

http://www.armyofficer.co.uk/

The majority of Officer Entrants are Graduates but ultimately it all depends on you and your personal qualities etc along with meeting the minimum mandatory academic qualifications and physical / medical fitness.
 
#8
Check out this site, if you have not done already.

http://www.armyofficer.co.uk/

The majority of Officer Entrants are Graduates but ultimately it all depends on you and your personal qualities etc along with meeting the minimum mandatory academic qualifications and physical / medical fitness.
 
#10
FHB's advice is good and you'd do well to look at the link. Do not worry about a technical degree/A levels for a technical Corps if that is your preference.

The ability to write is key not just for your own development, but so that you can craft the kind of reports that will get soldiers promoted.

AY
 
#12
Three of them?

msr
 
#14
From what I was told as a prospective officer, I'm not entirely sure that there are any particular subjects to do. I did English Literature, French and German, and I think that it is for the most part the discipline of an academic degree, rather than what you do, unless you are interested in a technical part of the army.

Dudders
 
#17
JB & MSR,

I think sarcasm just washes over this guy. I suspect that kids are not taught about sarcasm these days because, if they used it, it might affect someone's Human Rights!

Litotes
 
#18
msr said:
Three of them?

msr
two of them. minimum 2 E's - was at the factory with a donkey walloper who had 2 Es and a U. Bloody nice chap, but thick as pig sh1t.

bear in mind, that was the educational standard to make it RCB over 15 years ago- I don't imagine they have exactly raised the bar yet.

1140sqn - a degree is important only if you want to be employed beyond the army, or get promoted beyond major as an officer. (bitter and twisted passed over major not selected for staff college is not really a career aspiration to have at this stage of your life)

if you are impatient to get into the army, can't be bothered to shag and drink your way through uni, and are that focused on being a soldier, go royal marine. The course will either get it out of your system and you'll return to the army wiser, or you'll develop a taste for naked bars, dresses and a dislike for pongos and crack on as a marine
 
#19
1140_Sqn said:
As the Title asks, what A Levels would be useful to an Officer??

Im thinking about doing Geography, Physics, Law and politics.

and help or advice would be great!!

1140
This is a very good combination of subjects.

However, to state the blatantly obvious about your initial post: you have failed to even spell 'Officer' correctly. Don't make the mistake of thinkng things like this don't count. Communication is a huge part of leadership. If you can't communicate or don't want to lead , start thinking about a different career.

As for a degree - you don't need one, but having one will never hurt - in fact it will help considerably if you're at all ambitious about your army career.
 
#20
yes i know i spelt officer wrong!! lol

im serious about an army career, i want to go in for the full 22 years.

so to get past major i need a degree, even if im the best officer in the world, i cant get past major?? thats rather silly!! lol

im thinking about joining the RAC, then after a few years applying for the pilot course...

what are your thoughts on doing that??

Jamie
 
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