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Hey Guys and Gals,

There's a few threads like this but thought it always good to have an up-to-date one running. Plus wouldn't mind keeping in touch with anyone on my OASC (6th January 2015) if they stumble upon this. I'm also going to doing the Royal Navy AIB in a couple of months so will be able to help with that as well in the future.

For any prospective OASC attendees, I'm fresh out of OASC at RAF Cranwell this week so if you have any questions let me know, and I'll do my best to help.
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Should have said I'm applying for Engineer Officer Aerosystems, so any specific questions about that I should be able to help out with.
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Alright pal. Got my OASC next month. How did you find it? You heard anythin back yet?


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Well done getting this far and good luck dude!

I found it really enjoyable over all. It was more relaxed than I thought it would be, the cooks in the mess were more strict and blunt than the officers the whole 3 days. Don't get me wrong it's nerve racking and stressful at times but just relax and enjoy it. I found you can have a little bit of humor with the officers during the hangar exercises the first day, but remember to call them Sir/Ma'am and show them the proper respect when you can.

Just to note the fitness test is the bleep test not a 2.4km run that i thought it was, and make sure when your doing the push-ups, you push the PTI's fist down and really exaggerate locking out the arms on the up movement because if you don't he will not count it, some of the guys on my boarding didn't and were doing 10/15 push-ups that weren't counted, which could be the difference from passing and failing and same on the sit-ups, keep your fingers on your temple, elbow's tucked in and tap the top of your knee caps anything different won't count.

Haven't heard anything yet, literally got back Thursday night from it. They say it usually takes 3-4 weeks to find out if you've passed or not.
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Cheers for that, I thought it has changed to the 2.4k run so it's good to know it's still the bleep test. How was the interview compared to your filter?


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It's pretty similar, they drill you on the breakdown of IOT so make sure you know it week by week and all the exercise names, they give you a leaflet of the breakdown of it the first night in a lot more detail than you can find leading up to OASC, not sure if they do that on purpose or not to see if you try and learn it. And then make sure you know your specialist training in as much detail as possible.

Also other roles you may be doing, secondary roles like running clubs and also roles you may do you in the future being an officer.

They ask why NATO was formed and when, latest members etc.

And then current affairs, if you've followed Iraq/ISIS then know the leader and heirechy they use, asked me and I didn't know. How they're funded, why is what we're doing now, different to last time etc.

But like I said it is very similar just quicker, they fire questions at you and will interrupt you to move on, so don't be put off if they do, it's just cause 45min is not a long time to get everything they need in.
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I was told to try n stay clear of military subjects lol but not much else goin on really at the minute! What subjects did you have on your group discussion?

Have you been given any possible start dates if your selected?


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I was told to try n stay clear of military subjects lol but not much else goin on really at the minute! What subjects did you have on your group discussion?

Have you been given any possible start dates if your selected?


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Hi jebba, who gave you that advice to steer clear of military subjects? Just interested as, if you think about it, the world is pretty much interconnected and it would be difficult to ignore all the elephants in the room.

What are they suggesting you talk about? The latest eviction from BB?

Good luck with your selection procedure!
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Hello I was just wondering if anyone on here had completed the aptitude tests or if anyone knows where I can find any examples of them online?
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Seems strange to be told to avoid military subjects, but then again it doesn't state that they have to be, officially is just stories in the part year that have peaked your interest. I won't tell you the subjects specifically, one because they might change them and two you really don't have to have prioir knowledge, just watch the news everyday if you don't already, and even then you could easily discuss without watching the news, it's just to see how form an opinion and defend it if needed.

There's 4 entry dates a year, next one is February and one September/October time I think not sure when the other two are. Like I said takes a month for a decision so whether they invite you for the earliest IOT or not I don't know, depends how many people are already on it. They give you a form to fill out when you get there to put how early you can start and how much notice you need, you can put immediately down and obviously there take that into account.

Hey diver, are you the personal trainer? Let me know if you hear, 3/4 days are already killing me waiting haha
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Hi Jack I haven't done aptitude test but there were a couple on our board who had, and they said it's something you can't really prepare for, apparently part of it is multi tasking where you have to remember certain data that flashes up on the screen while doing some mental math that's at the bottom of the screen along with something else, but don't take my word for that. But I would say practice a lot of mental math because you'll need it for OASC anyway (speed, distance, time etc)
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I went for an RJP to scampton and one of the officers I was talkin to said he would avoid them, he said he was on a board once at OASC and a girl came in talkin about the military cuts, but didn't know all the facts, and the interviewing officers just wiped the floor with her, I guess if you do the research into it talkin about them would be fine, but he said chances are you'll never know as much as the boarding officers. He said try n stick to story that I think I'd know more about than the boarding officers.


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For your aptitudes all you can really prepare for is mental arithmetic, speed/distance/time and fuel calculations, and multi taskin! The rest is just natural ability. I guess you can practise memory and readin lots of info and tryin to soak it all in aswell. What role are you goin for?


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That seems strange from an officer, she clearly hadn't done that much research like you said. Although it is a bit about how much you know, the focus is more on your opinion and can you defend it, which should in itself prove you've been following the story. They're going to know more than you on most subjects and will keep going until you go I don't know
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They area trying to promote breadth in your views. If you don't understand the wider global context you'll never really understand where the military fits in. They want a more rounded individual and not just some NATO potato who doesn't think further than the military.
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I was on OASC in December (7-9), in regards to current affairs my advice would be to select 5 topics (UK and international) and have a common thread that connects them so that you can show how one topic leads into or directly effects another, for example the trogan horse school scandal (UK), UK citizens joining extremist/ISIS groups abroad (UK and int.) and possibility of them returning as a terror threat (UK). 3 seperate subjects that are all interlinked. You may also be required to show how this can be linked to the Armed Forces.

I can't stress how important it is to have a clear opinion on each of your subjects, the interviewer and I had a lot of back and forth debate surrounding this. Do not sit on the fence and be mindful that they may argue the case for the opposite view.

In regards to the MSFT - 2.4km change, there were mumblings on TSR about a move to MSFT in the new year. Gutted that I had to do the 2.4km, would much have preferred MSFT. Anyone know whether they'll change to MSFT for the familiarisation visit or stick with the 2.4km outdoor run?
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Hi mate. I was on this OASC too. Eagerly awaiting this letter!!
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Hi all, for those that have just gone through do you have any tips for the Individual Planning part? I have my OASC on the 1st of Feb and that's a part that I feel I might stumble if I can't find a solution.
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Hi all, for those that have just gone through do you have any tips for the Individual Planning part? I have my OASC on the 1st of Feb and that's a part that I feel I might stumble if I can't find a solution.
Practice, practice and more practice. Make sure you have your SDT squared away, so that you're comfortable with all the combinations and ratios. May seem a real challenge at first, but with practice, you'll realise the same numbers come up again and again and it'll just be instinctive. They don't use wacky fractions or percentages, just numbers which are easily divisible. Trust me!

Once you've got the calcs sorted, it frees up brain capacity to quickly work out all the potential solutions to the problem. Then you just have to select the one that appears to be the most efficient answer and run with that. But be prepared to discuss the pros and cons for the other solutions. And finally, expect a fast ball question at the end, such as "ok, how long would x take if y develops a problem and can only travel at z mph" Just to test if you can think on your feet without stressing.

Hope that helps.
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Hi all, for those that have just gone through do you have any tips for the Individual Planning part? I have my OASC on the 1st of Feb and that's a part that I feel I might stumble if I can't find a solution.
Similar to what's said above, its not difficult calculations just seems a lot of information when you're reading it through. So main thing is don't panic and stay calm, once you have a think it will come to you.

My advice would be to have a quick think about all the assumptions that you've made as well, if you mention them before they ask you then it stops them from putting you on the spot and shows you're thinking outside the box, so for example you can walk at x mph, but part of it might mean carry something, but doesn't state a slower speed so your assuming that it doesn't slow you down. Things like that.

But to be honest it's not about getting everything 100% correct, there were a couple of people who completely got it wrong and still got through to the second day so just relax and enjoy it.
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