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How Do I maximise the chances of me becoming an officer?

Discussion in 'RM Officer questions' started by GHOSTCHAZ2001, Aug 17, 2017.

  1. GHOSTCHAZ2001

    GHOSTCHAZ2001 New Member

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    Hello I'm 16 and thinking about applying to become an officer after I've completed my A-Levels. Aside from fitness work what else should I be doing to maximise my chances of being chosen for officer training?
     
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    Do as many things as possible that show leadership (my AFCOs advice to me)
     
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  3. GHOSTCHAZ2001

    GHOSTCHAZ2001 New Member

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    Is there anything in particular that you've been told to do?
     
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    Not particularly, just told to make sure I vary it from just my sports leadership related things which I do a lot of.
     
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    glos94 Well-Known Member

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    Get a job, I learnt much more from working than anything else. You gain experience from good and bad managers, gives you examples of teamwork, organisation etc.

    My CV is incredibly boring, no cross country expeditions or qualifications, just school-sixth form-Uni.
    Working part time all the way.
     
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    Life experience my friend maybe a degree. A job where you can become a manager or something apply when youre in your 20s id say
     
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    ThreadpigeonsAlpha Royal Marines Commando

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    Caviar recognition should be on point.

    Jokes aside, although it is possible to go for a Commission with A levels, a degree definitely helps, and life experience.

    Are you considering University? There are options available, OTC etc. and you can join the Reserves.

    Being an officer is about people and battlefield management. Almost like a huge game of chess. Having life experience will definitely help.
     
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    Join the Army Reserves if you go to uni, for a rifle company you could be fully trained within 4-5 months and work with your regs counterparts and do proper courses. Some units like the HAC and others have unparalleled oppurtunities that can fill your 3+ years to learn being a serviceman.
     
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    Remember reserves aren't a backdoor or there for entertainment, they are a functional element of the Armed Forces. And commitment is not to be taken lightly, it's not to boost your CV.

    The OTC and other organisations, as much as I hate them and think they are a drain, they offer good life experiences for little commitment and no call up.
     
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    I agree. A suggestion such as that one could deploy during your time at uni or directly afterwards
     
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    I always mean to the 100%, with volunteering to do your part. I mean don't mince round and be a stereotype!
     
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    I wasn't planning on going to university. I was thinking about applying to join straight after A-Levels, do you think this will seriously hinder my chances?
     
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    I don't think it would hinder you, if you had the qualities and did well and had the UCAS points. But it's definitely a plus to have a degree.

    What would you answer be if POC asked you why you didn't go to Uni?
     
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    If I were to be asked that question I think my answer would be because I would rather gain life experiences and do something I was passionate about and enjoyed doing while also serving the country than be sat in a classroom for years more.
     
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    And if the interviewer asked about whether you know about OTC and other opportunities available to students?

    It's worth considering. Perhaps a responsible adult can weigh in?
     
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    Your response, whilst well-intentioned, comes across as wholly dismissive of academia - which (given that 90% of the applicants will come from this sphere) is probably not your best course of action.

    What I'm basically saying is: Don't answer probing questions by making your situation so black & white. You are answering the question but you're also heavily inferring against higher education at the same time.

    Remember: You're there to sell yourself, but don't attempt to do that by cutting down the achievements of others that have taken different paths. They're not asking these types of questions to back you into a corner; they're giving you the opportunity to present yourself as unique.
     
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    I can see how my answer may be seen in that way however cutting down the achievements of others is in no way my intention at all. I was more expressing my personal choices and preferences and I do fully respect the decisions of those who do and have gone to university. For me it's just not what I would like to do.
     
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    Aaaaand this is how we arrive at the answer :cool:;)
     
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