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Evening all.

Can anyone that has completed OASC fairly recently explain the basics behind the planning exercise? I know previously it was two separate elements i.e Group and Individual, but I understand that it now has merged into one.

Is it a case of coming up with your own plan, then briefing it to a board member, followed by coming up with a group plan and briefing it, or is the format different?

Thanks.
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Hey,
I went through OASC approx three weeks ago.

You walk into a room, with 5 socially distanced desks, horse shoed Infront of a board of examining officers. You get a scenario. 25 mins time to yourself to take it all in and make whatever notes you wish. Then you're handed a sheet to fill out in the absence of any notes you made. Once this is collected you begin another 25 minutes, this time you use your notes alongside your team's, to come up with the best solution that you will present at the end. It's worth knowing all parts of your plan as you don't know which order they will ask you. They may also throw a curveball at you when it's your turn so be prepared to think fast. That curveball was the only real individual element to the planning exercise

Good luck for your board! Fire any questions you want towards me I'll do my best to help, what role you going for ?
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Hey,
I went through OASC approx three weeks ago.

You walk into a room, with 5 socially distanced desks, horse shoed Infront of a board of examining officers. You get a scenario. 25 mins time to yourself to take it all in and make whatever notes you wish. Then you're handed a sheet to fill out in the absence of any notes you made. Once this is collected you begin another 25 minutes, this time you use your notes alongside your team's, to come up with the best solution that you will present at the end. It's worth knowing all parts of your plan as you don't know which order they will ask you. They may also throw a curveball at you when it's your turn so be prepared to think fast. That curveball was the only real individual element to the planning exercise

Good luck for your board! Fire any questions you want towards me I'll do my best to help, what role you going for ?
Thanks very much for this info - It doesn't seem quite as daunting as I thought so that is good. I've been struggling a bit with completing the practice exercises, but I've been using the army versions which are slightly more difficult I'm led to believe.

How did your board go? I'm going for Air Ops Ctrl, you?
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Hey,

My pleasure. I'm going for the non commissioned controller role, overall I felt the day went good !I didn't come out with any regrets! I'm still waiting to hear back after 3weeks now and the wait is horrendous 😭.

In my planning exercise, I spotted a really good solution that everyone else overlooked, I knew for a fact it was better, so I pretty much took the first opportunity I could to get into the conversation and double check that the route I had was the best one, I had done the maths so I was confident in it and in the end my group used my method. Point being, in your 25 min planning time you may find a solution which may be the best one, don't be afraid to put it across if you feel it's better than what's currently being said. Of course do it in a manner which cant be seen as over bearing
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It's a good exercise, gets you thinking for sure! What is important to know is you need to be quick to digest the information, pick out the key parts and discard the unnecessary information. Makes some notes, and even if you alone can't come up with a full plan, still make an effort to figure out some essential information for example do some SDT calculations and try to order priorities and list up a potential plan. When you come together as a group, you will have a mental idea of how you see it best working out, work together on a plan. Make sure you know that plan through and through, times and places and reasons why you're doing what you are.

Really difficult to practice a group plan like this when you don't have a group to practice with and people to ask you questions. What I will say is practice digesting information and making notes as if it is a individual planning exercise. Those skills will be the best to practise.
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Hey,
I went through OASC approx three weeks ago.

You walk into a room, with 5 socially distanced desks, horse shoed Infront of a board of examining officers. You get a scenario. 25 mins time to yourself to take it all in and make whatever notes you wish. Then you're handed a sheet to fill out in the absence of any notes you made. Once this is collected you begin another 25 minutes, this time you use your notes alongside your team's, to come up with the best solution that you will present at the end. It's worth knowing all parts of your plan as you don't know which order they will ask you. They may also throw a curveball at you when it's your turn so be prepared to think fast. That curveball was the only real individual element to the planning exercise

Good luck for your board! Fire any questions you want towards me I'll do my best to help, what role you going for ?
Can I ask the length of the planning exercise in terms of text please? I have done quite a few, some of which have had about 3 side of text to work through. I was just wondering if the one you completed was shorter or longer in length as this impacts on how well you utilise your time?

Wishing you all the best and hope you get a decision from OASC soon, as the wait must be horrendous as you say.
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Can I ask the length of the planning exercise in terms of text please? I have done quite a few, some of which have had about 3 side of text to work through. I was just wondering if the one you completed was shorter or longer in length as this impacts on how well you utilise your time?

Wishing you all the best and hope you get a decision from OASC soon, as the wait must be horrendous as you say.
Up to 2 sides of A4 text and a map normally, from my experience and preparation.
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Up to 2 sides of A4 text and a map normally, from my experience and preparation.
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Can I ask the length of the planning exercise in terms of text please? I have done quite a few, some of which have had about 3 side of text to work through. I was just wondering if the one you completed was shorter or longer in length as this impacts on how well you utilise your time?

Wishing you all the best and hope you get a decision from OASC soon, as the wait must be horrendous as you say.
When i attended at the end of August, it was one page of A4 and a map, but it may vary if your exercise is more/less complex but that was my experience. 25 mins individual reading time, 25 mins discussion with group, then like 5 10 mins being asked questions by the examiners going from person to person

I passed OASC with an outstanding report happily, thanks for your positive vibes anyway! Feel free to shout me if you need any other advice on oasc
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When i attended at the end of August, it was one page of A4 and a map, but it may vary if your exercise is more/less complex but that was my experience. 25 mins individual reading time, 25 mins discussion with groWelup, then like 5 10 mins being asked questions by the examiners going from person to person

I passed OASC with an outstanding report happily, thanks for your positive vibes anyway! Feel free to shout me if you need any other advice on oasc
Well done on passing OASC! I am hoping to attend at the end of the year.
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Up to 2 sides of A4 text and a map normally, from my experience and preparation.
Thanks. That seems very reasonable and what I was expecting.
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Well done on passing OASC! I am hoping to attend at the end of the year.
Thank you! What trade you going for ?
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Thank you! What trade you going for ?
RPAS Pilot and WSO as second choice, you?
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I passed OASC with an outstanding report happily, thanks for your positive vibes anyway!
Congrats on passing, that is great news.
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Congrats on passing, that is great news.
Thank you bro, much appreciated!
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Thanks. I’d be very happy with one page and a map! But, it will be what it will be.

Fitness test next then all being well OASC. Just out of curiosity, And because you were so kind as to offer further advice:
- What role have you applied for? I applied for the SNCO ATC Role!
- How long did you have to wait between your fitness test and OASC? I finished my fitness test just before lockdown hit, and has OASC in late August so roughly 4 months.
- How much time was there between notification of OASC date and you attending OASC? Just under one month's notice my friend.
I know it can be different depending on job role etc., but it’s good to hear what’s been happening now that things are starting to move again.

Massive well done on achieving an outstanding report as well - that’s some achievement 👍🏼
Hopefully that should Answer your Q's. Continue to shoot more, I have no problem with answering them
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RPAS Pilot and WSO as second choice, you?
SNCO ATC bro, come to think of it I didn't have a back up role haha
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Thank you bro, much appreciated!

Hopefully that should Answer your Q's. Continue to shoot more, I have no problem with answering them

SNCO ATC bro, come to think of it I didn't have a back up role haha
Awesome. I don't think its mandatory to have a back up, but you didn't need it anyway!
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If you send me a PM I'll send you a detailed write up of the day that I sent to someone else with the same question it's a little long tho be warned which is why I'm giving you the choice haha but basic structure

Group discussion, short break
Planning exercise , short break
Escorted to hangar, introduced to hangar exercises, then doing the leaderless exercise, break for lunch
Everyone has a turn for the command tasks after lunch to around 3pm
3 of you will go for interviews whilst 2 of you wait for them to finish, final 2 will interview and you will be dismisse

I answered Ur interview question within your quote as well
PM sent as well from another interested person 😆
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Group discussion, short break
Planning exercise , short break
Escorted to hangar, introduced to hangar exercises, then doing the leaderless exercise, break for lunch
Everyone has a turn for the command tasks after lunch to around 3pm
3 of you will go for interviews whilst 2 of you wait for them to finish, final 2 will interview and you will be dismissed

You haven't listed the fitness tests here, do they not do the bleep test / press ups / sit ups at OASC anymore??

My careers advisor has been telling me to keep up my fitness for the tests at OASC... :confused:
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Group discussion, short break
Planning exercise , short break
Escorted to hangar, introduced to hangar exercises, then doing the leaderless exercise, break for lunch
Everyone has a turn for the command tasks after lunch to around 3pm
3 of you will go for interviews whilst 2 of you wait for them to finish, final 2 will interview and you will be dismissed

You haven't listed the fitness tests here, do they not do the bleep test / press ups / sit ups at OASC anymore??

My careers advisor has been telling me to keep up my fitness for the tests at OASC... :confused:
strange, because as of when i went to OASC (late august 2020) there was no fitness test involved
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From what I have been told there is no fitness test at OASC. I believe you do the PJFT and then a fitness test during your fam visit before IOT?
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Group discussion, short break
Planning exercise , short break
Escorted to hangar, introduced to hangar exercises, then doing the leaderless exercise, break for lunch
Everyone has a turn for the command tasks after lunch to around 3pm
3 of you will go for interviews whilst 2 of you wait for them to finish, final 2 will interview and you will be dismissed

You haven't listed the fitness tests here, do they not do the bleep test / press ups / sit ups at OASC anymore??

My careers advisor has been telling me to keep up my fitness for the tests at OASC... :confused:
Fitness tests are separate from OASC now. But your fitness is assessed around the same time, but not on the one day OASC.
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