What can I take to Sandhurst?

#1
I will hopefully be starting at Sandhurst in May 2013. I am currently looking at buying a new desktop computer as my old one has given up and I was wondering if I would be able to take it with me to sandhurst as it will be very useful for research (providing it can be connected to the internet at Sandhurst) and for writing reports and essays etc.

Thanks for your help
 
#4
A laptop is more portable which is obviously a plus point for during Sandhurst. However for what you get spec wise a laptop is very expensive compared to a laptop. Although I would like something I can use at Sandhurst I want something that is going to last a number of years, not just for during Sandhurst, and I can get a much better spec for the money in a desktop and it is very easy to upgrade a desktop in the future, unlike with a laptop.

If it turned out I would not be able to take a desktop to Sandhurst I could always get a cheap laptop purely for internet access and Microsoft Office use for my time there.

Any thoughts?
 
#5
I think you'll have more to worry about than computermabobs when those nasty
shouty soldier thingies start gripping your dangly bits, don't you ?
 
#6
A laptop is more portable which is obviously a plus point for during Sandhurst. However for what you get spec wise a laptop is very expensive compared to a laptop. Although I would like something I can use at Sandhurst I want something that is going to last a number of years, not just for during Sandhurst, and I can get a much better spec for the money in a desktop and it is very easy to upgrade a desktop in the future, unlike with a laptop.

If it turned out I would not be able to take a desktop to Sandhurst I could always get a cheap laptop purely for internet access and Microsoft Office use for my time there.

Any thoughts?
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Mr_Fingerz

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#8
#9
The poor lad came on here for advice and gets a hard time for it. Tut tut.... However, take one of these and impress your new comrades with how 'Old Skool' you are:

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#10
Take to senses. A sense of humour and a sense of urgency.
 
#12
Okay, so I made a few glaring errors and really should have been concentrating more! lets try again...

It is worth noting that I am not definitely starting at Sandhurst in May 2013. I have been on a couple of fam visits and obtained sponsorship from the RLC. I have my briefing on 17 and 18 September and then need to pass main board after that.

I will not be starting at Sandhurst for nearly a year and I am buying a new desktop computer now to use over the next 8/9 months. I am buying a desktop as they are much better value for money than laptops. You can also upgrade a desktop in the future when required as oppose to having to buy a whole new laptop. I am looking long term and life after Sandhurst (as long as I make it to Sandhurst!), not just short term.

All I really want to know is if I will be able to take my desktop to Sandhurst as I believe it will be useful for research, report and essay writing etc. or if I will have to leave it at home and possibly buy a cheap laptop if it turns out a computer would be useful for Sandhurst.
 
#13
I doubt that you'll be permitted to use a civvy computer for military stuff, so I wouldn't make too many plans for taking a bulky great desktop. That said, the Army's not too keen on putting porn on issue laptops.
 

Mr_Fingerz

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#14
I would have thought that a lappy with a couple of external hard drives (and a spare battery) would serve you better. If for no other reason than space.

A desktop, plus monitor, plus keyboard, plus mouse takes up a shedload of space and is a pain in the arse to hump around.
 
#15
Okay, my last post had a few glaring errors I'll admit! I'll try to explain things a little better!

I have been on a couple of fam visits and have obtained sponsorship from the RLC. I have my briefing 17 and 18 September and then main board after that.

As long as I pass main board I will be starting at Sandhurst in May 2013. I am buying a new desktop to use over the next 8/9 months and after Sandhurst. I am getting a desktop as they are much better value for money compared to laptops. You can also upgrade them in the future when required as oppose to having to buy a whole new laptop. I am looking long term and life after Sandhurst, not just short term.

Basically I want to know if I will be able to take my desktop to Sandhurst with me as I think a computer would be useful for research, report and essay writing etc., or if I will have to leave it at home and possibly buy a cheap laptop if it turns out a computer would be useful for Sandhurst (comments on whether you think a computer would be useful at Sandhurst would also be welcomed).

Any serious thoughts would be appreciated!
 
#16
I doubt that you'll be permitted to use a civvy computer for military stuff, so I wouldn't make too many plans for taking a bulky great desktop. That said, the Army's not too keen on putting porn on issue laptops.
He will be allowed to use any personal computer for essays etc, however, not for writing anything that is restricted or above. But I would still go for apple mac, a MacBook and an iPad (discount for bulk buying). Oh and I would also change my Username, Persec, it'll never get old!
 
#17
The amount you move around after Sandhurst always lent itself to a laptop as far as I was concerned, all the point you raise have some merit, but it becomes a pain in the arse dragging the whole lot around for courses, Ops, etc.

Though if you're going RLC, get the biggest, heaviest, highest spec you can find.
 
#18
Please do not try and take your civilian PC into a military unit without checking the USO's. Or else the very first person that you will get to know closely, even though you will only be standing in front of him or her, is the Unit Security Officer.

As many here have already advised you, take a laptop - mrs tac just bought a 500Gb 4Mb all-singing model for less than £400.

If you are so hard up that £400 is a bit OTT, then cut your requirement down a bit. Be aware that ANY electronic device of this kind being imported into a military establishment has to be vetted.

tac
 
#19
Please do not try and take your civilian PC into a military unit.

The very first person that you will get to know closely, even though you will only be standing in front of him or her, is the Unit Security Officer.

As many here have already advised you, take a laptop - mrs tac just bought a 500Gb 4Mb all-singing model for less than £400.

If you are so hard up that £400 is a bit OTT, then cut your requirement down a bit. ANY electronic device of this kind being imported into a military establishment has to be vetter, and MAY not be permitted anyhow.

Better still - call up the security office and ask - that's what an officer would do.

tac
Have you actually served at all?
 

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