What to do to look good at the AOSB

Discussion in 'Join the Army - Regular Officer Recruiting' started by Harry!, Apr 20, 2011.

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  1. Hey,

    My names Harry, im 17 years old. I want to become an officer, hopefully to specialize in Languages. I have about a year until I will go to the AOSB and I want to know what I should do to make them want to send me to Sandhurst, do you have any suggestions ?

    The problem is I do nothing special, I play abit of sports but nothing serious.. I dont really do anything in my spare time apart from read and go out with my friends, I have a year to impress, what should I do ?

    Thanks alot, Harry.
  2. Tbh I don't really know much about that but getting fit as **** and brush up on basic soldiering skills like navigation n stuff like that will help make you look a bit more switched on at least.
  3. Don't p*iss around in the Junior Officer ranks mate!

    I reckon you should skip Sandhurst and apply to staff college direct!
  4. Couple of bits of advice:

    1. Find a sport/outdoor activity you like and start doing it more. Join an association or club etc etc. not mandatory (I didnt do any of that shoite) but it helps paint a picture.

    2. Concentrate on current affairs and try to have an opinion on the widest scope of world events you can.

    3. Work on your phys, you cant be too fit but you do need to hit a minimum standard.

    4. Calm down, its a year away and youre 17. 12 months is a fecking long time at your age (patronising I know). Have fun, relax and spend some time chasing skirt ;)

    The Choff has spoken!
  5. Judging you only on your first post here, I would suggest you need to refine your idea of exactly why you want to join the Army as an officer. You mention that you want to specialise in languages, however you should understand that being an officer is principally about leading soldiers. If you just want to join the army but have no particular passion for leadership, then you may not be cut out to be an officer.
  6. What the others said above (except that bit about getting soldiering skills and navigation up to scratch - AOSB doesn't test military skills). In addition, OPMI(L) is, by almost all accounts, a soldiers-only route; if you want to "specialize (sic) in Languages" you should join as a soldier. Most useful advice - compile a list of questions and see an ACA in person.
  7. You can do a long language course at any time up to Major and be sent to do an interpretors job thereafter. BUT that is not the same as joining to be a languages "expert".

    Narrow down exactly what you want to do (cap badge), what level you need to be to do it.

    As for what to do to impress at AOSB -more of that listed above. Choose something you are mildly interested in and do it more - sport is ideal, as you get fit in the process.

    Consider developing a hobby or interest that shows you fill your time a bit, but socialising and reading is fine - be prepared for questions on why you read what youu do and what you do to socialise.

    Maybe consider working (studies permitting) or volunteering for something in your spare time.

    That should do it.
  8. Volunteering , cadets, TA.
  9. How about going to university and studying a useful language before applying?
  10. Not necessarily. I have a language degree (not a currently "necessary" one, but potentially useful), and it neither means I need to go down the language operator route if I don't want to, nor helps my chances there particularly. I might get a rubbish MLAT score, be deemed unsuitable to language learning and just be lucky to have found two or three languages I got to grips with in the past ;)

    I see your point though - get a degree in Arabic / Urdu / etc, be of instant use.

    If you want to do something language-y, you can, even with no prior qualifications. But from what I've heard, (Int Corps) soldiers get the most chance to actually use language skills day in day out, and officers, while they may have languages under their belts, are not there to use them all the time.
  11. Don't worry about longos, just make it up as you go along. In Port Stanley when we wanted to get the argies to clen the place up , so we put up a few signs saying "PUTTO EL RUBBISHO IN EL BINNO", they got the message. No need for a spanish speaker.