Warfare Officer is not over-subscribed, if anything there is a shortage of XOs in the RN and the waiting list for entry to BRNC is not 2 years. They wait until there are a certain amount of people to fill the class before allowing it to go ahead, instead of having 3 intakes per year because there was actually a shortage of people applying to be officers and they were wasting money with small classes.
(Original post by BoroGrecian)
First stop, your local AFCO they will be able to give you a defined list of waiting times recruitment process.
However from my knowledge the process is as such..
2) Recruitment Test
3) First Medical (including eye test)
4) Admrialty Interview Board (lasting 3 days including aptitude tests, medicals and interviews)
5) Offer of a commission and training
6) Wait for training
That's basic and it's best to check with the AFCO to make sure that's correct.
Also as another point Warfare Officer is an oversubscribed trade at present so the waiting list for training at BRNC is a long one (the last I heard potential officer cadets were waiting up to two years and this could get longer in the light of the defense cuts affecting the RN)
Perhaps look into a trade in which has shorter waiting lists and is in demand if you really want to get in.
And what edge do you have over other potential officers, what do you do outside of school/college/university time that the next candidate dosen't. Think hard about those things because they will be the questions asked by the AFCO and at AIB
I passed my AIB a month ago and I'm off to Dartmouth in September (after college).
The thing that takes the time is the application process. There are SO many hurdles to jump and so many people in the pipeline because RM, RFA and RN officers go through the same process (with a few added extras for RM/RFA). I myself applied a good year and a half ago.
Last edited by Blutarsky; 28-12-2010 at 19:35.
Personally, I didn't find it too difficult - it's whether the things they ask of you come naturally to you or not. Some people just aren't cut out for it, and you don't know 'til you try! Team bonding is very important at the AIB though.
(Original post by moody_bum)
Was the AIB as hard as the AFCO guy made it out to be? The guy I spoke to said I'd be tested on everything from group work to manners etc. I'm hoping to apply for an officer soon, but I refuse to hand my application form in until I'm confident I'll pass the fitness test :P
The hardest thing I found was the interview - I haven't really done many activities that require leadership, whereas other people had done Ten Tors and lots of other things I couldn't compare with. Luckily, I came off as a personable chap and the rest of my results made up for the poor interview and I passed, well enough to get the scholarship
Seriously though, apply now. You won't be doing the fitness test for a while - it's long enough to work up to in the time you'll be waiting. It's 1.5m (2.4km) in less than about 11.5 minutes I believe - it used to be 12 something, but they reduced it recently. They called loads of applicants back (even people who passed their AIB) to re-do the PJFT because they no longer satisfied the requirements!
Don't forget also that it's possible they'll stop recruiting officers for a few months soon. No one knows if/when they will, but it would be in your interests to get your foot in the door now.
EDIT: Just realised you're a girl Your Fitness test time is significanlty more than that, probably around the 13/14 minute mark Don't take my word for it though, ask your AFCO and work towards it
Last edited by Blutarsky; 05-03-2011 at 13:18.